Florida 1199SEIU RN Leader Shines At National Nurse Conference & Rally Calling For Caregivers To Be Respected, Protected, Paid & Staffed SafelyOctober 27, 2023
Marlyn Hoilette, a longtime member leader of 1199SEIU Florida and a registered nurse at HCA Florida Palms West Hospital, took a top role at a national nurse conference and rally in Miami that highlighted the staffing, retention and care crisis in healthcare facilities across the country.
As an opening speaker at the 2023 SEIU Nurse Alliance Conference, Marlyn welcomed more than 300 nurses from numerous states, healthcare experts and elected officials – including Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava -- to the event.
On the second day of the conference, Marlyn introduced the audience to South Florida community leader Dwight Bullard, a former Florida senator and state representative, and currently senior political advisor for Florida Rising.
Later that day, the 300+ nurses and supporters marched across the iconic Brickell Bridge in Downtown Miami and dropped a giant banner demanding “Fix The Crisis In Care Now! Safe Staffing Saves Lives” followed by a rally at the historic Miami Circle. Marlyn eloquently described her own experiences and the dangers so many caregivers and their patients face due to short-staffing.
“It’s important for the public to hear what challenges we deal with each day while working to provide the very best care possible. I’m very proud to have this opportunity to represent our union. We all need to stand up and speak up together to help solve the staffing crisis and improve our workplaces,” said Marlyn, who also was interviewed by multiple news media outlets reporting on the rally.
“Marlyn is a deeply committed and gifted nurse, and a true leader for her co-workers and union family,” said Stephanie Shaw, VP of 1199SEIU Florida. “Her patients, fellow caregivers, community and our entire organization are very thankful and fortunate to have her so active and outspoken for what I right."