Montefiore New Rochelle Nurses Are Joined By Other Local Nurses To Protest Hospital’s Understaffing
(NEW ROCHELLE, NEW YORK) - Montefiore New Rochelle Nurses are continuing to protest hospital understaffing - two months after they went on Strike.
The Nurses say that understaffing is not only hurting them, but its killing patients.
Last week, they were joined by joined by dozens more Nurses from around Westchester and the Bronx.
The groups say understaffing is a systemic, statewide problem that disproportionately affects low-income minority communities.
After urging Montefiore hospitals to take action, they're now calling on New York State to regulate staffing ratios.
"The staffing here is horrendous. Nurses are taking care of instead of four or five patients in regular units - seven, eight nine or ten patient, so many patients die as a result of understaffing," New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez said.
But while they fight for safer work conditions, Governor Andrew Cuomo has called out Montefiore New Rochelle for having one of the lowest vaccination rates.
"I think people are delaying their decisions - Front Line Caregivers have lost their faith - they don't have trust in what the government says anymore. They don't have trust in what the hospitals say," Sheridan-Gonzalez said.
The Nurses say they don't want to see hospitals continue to put profit over patients.
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