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Bellevue nurses vote to join union

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SCHENECTADY, NY - Bellevue Woman's Center nurses voted 92 to 18 to join the New York State Nurses Association, New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses.

"This election is a great victory for nurses, our patients, and our entire community," said Christine Walthers, a registered nurse at Bellevue and a leader of the NYSNA organizing drive. "We decided to join NYSNA after management started to make changes to how we care for our patients – without consulting us. Nurses and our patients need a voice in healthcare. NYSNA is that voice."

Many nurses at Bellevue are specially-trained to care for women and newborns. Nurses decided to join NYSNA after Ellis management began making unilateral changes to patient care – with no input from nurses. Nurses have joined together to have a real say in the future of nursing practice and patient care at Bellevue.

"I see nurses being forced to take on 10 patients at once. That is too many," said Vickie Decker, a registered nurse on Bellevue's postpartum unit and a NYSNA leader at the hospital. "We look forward to sitting down with Ellis Hospital management to discuss how we can work together to ensure safe staffing levels for all of our patients."  

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