SICKENING IRONY FOR 7 NURSES TO BE HONORED, FIRseven city nurses set to be honored for their devotion to patients also are getting the ultimate career insult: pink slips. the sevenamong 30 to be feted at a special city ceremony tomorroware on the list to be fired by the city's health and hospitals corp. "isn't that something?" said a shocked queen barnwell, after learning that she was among the 1,150 registered nurses to be cut by june 14. "after almost 20 years, to get this award, it's so important to me," said barnwell, who has spent the past three years in preventive care at the south bronx' segundo ruiz belvis diagnostic and treatment center. but barnwell decided yesterday that she will boycott the awards ceremony to protest her firing and that of as many as 8,000 hospital workers expected by yea r's end. "it saddens me. it makes me want to cry. i hope it does some good," she said.the awards go to nurses who have exhibited excellenceshowing special rapport with patients, reliability, care and patience. the nurses are nominated by their directors of nursing, and the 30 finalists are selected by a special committee.among those to be honored by hhc officials is doris cole, who has spent 40 years serving elderly and long-term-care patients at bird s. coler memorial hospital, working her way up from nurse's aide to supervising nurse. cole learned yesterday she's among the seven honorees to be fired. mayor giuliani has said that municipal hospitals are overstaffed and the cutsmade to reduce a $550 million budget gapwill not hurt patient care. but cole disagrees. "just because these people are old doesn't mean they don't need quality care," cole said. "i don't think the mayor is really thinking this thing out. you really wonder where his priorities are." the nurses union has written the award winners asking them to boycott the ceremony at bellevue hospital. "i believe it would be a powerful statement of protest if each of you would also not attend the awards ceremony," wrote carolyn mccullough, director of the new york state nurses association's general welfare program. "if you cannot bring yourself to do that, i understand." "i'm not going to go [url=http://www.paulsmithcheaponline.com/mens-paul-smith-shirts-c-2.html]mens paul smith shirts[/url]," barnwell said [url=http://www.paulsmithcheaponline.com]www.paulsmithcheaponline.com[/url], after considering the request for several hours yesterday. cole had not decided. "i've invited some people to come to the ceremony," she said, thinking out loud. "if there's a possibility of making a statement, if i could say something, i would go." barnwell said she fears that laying off so many nurses will leave patients in limbo."ultimately it's going to take a toll and that is, patients are going to be neglected. i feel for the patients who are bedridden and can't get a nurse when they need one. i just visualize them lying there suffering [url=http://www.paulsmithcheaponline.com]paul smith shop[/url]," she said. mccullough said she addresses the winners each year, but instead will picket with nurses in front of bellevue before the ceremony. "it's rather hypocritical," mccullough said. "on the one hand, they're saying what an extraordinary and wonderful job you've done, and the next thing they turn around and hand you a pink slip."
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