TheVoiceOfJoyce Why did the nurses at Mt Sinai and Montefiore Hospitals strike? Yes, they wanted salary raises, more importantly they wanted better staffing ratios to care for patients. They were working 14 hour shifts, no lunch breaks and caring for more patients than they could treat safely. Now , 170 new nursing positions will be available. Their workload will decrease, giving better patient care. Statewide, the ratio of nursing staff to patients , is a standard that’s lacking in most healthcare facilities. With a basic standards of care, patient outcomes improve!

The nurses reached agreements with the two hospitals — Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx — to improve patient-to-staffing ratios, the New York State Nurses Association, which represents more than 42,000 members, said. For nurses at Montefiore, the tentative deal would include a 19.1 percent wage increase over three years, and the creation of more than 170 new nursing positions, the hospital said.

“Through our unity and by putting it all on the line, we won enforceable safe staffing ratios at both Montefiore and Mount Sinai where nurses went on strike for patient care,” said Nancy Hagans, the president of the union, in a statement. “Today, we can return to work with our heads held high, knowing that our victory means safer care for our patients and more sustainable jobs for our profession.”

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