Nurses from Ellis Hospital call out chronic understaffing

Nursing Shortage at Ellis Hospital

Nursing Shortage at Ellis Hospital

Dozens gathered outside Ellis Hospital, demanding better working conditions.

A recent study from the New York State Nurses Association revealed Ellis Hospital Units are understaffed 93 percent of the time.

Fred Durocher, a registered nurse at Ellis says they are undergoing contract negotiations and Ellis Medicine proposed to have less nurses to care for patients. A proposal he says undermines the current staff who already feel overworked. “Our ratios were one to four, there supposed to be one to three, we’re now doing one to five everyday,” he said.

Nurses from the rally were joined by other Healthcare professionals, community allies and elected officials.