Montefiore New Rochelle nurses joined by other local nurses to protest hospital understaffing
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 it's killing patients.
On Wednesday, 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 the 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 10 patients…so many patients die as a result of understaffing," says Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, president of the NYSNA.
But while they fight for safer work conditions, Gov. 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," says Sheridan-Gonzalez.
The nurses say they don't want to see hospitals continue to put profit over patients.
News 12 reached out to Montefiore for a response, but has not yet heard back.