New York Hospital Fined For Understaffing Nurses

NY Nurses win $127,000 in arbitration against Mount Sinai Hospital for ongoing understaffing of its NICU. The issue presented was the hospital's failure to meet contractual staffing requirements that had been agreed to by the nurses and administration after the nurses' strike in January.

Mount Sinai Hospital routinely understaffed it's nurses from January to mid-April, 2023, frequently understaffing the ICU by as many as six nurses. The understaffing left about two dozen nurses working at once in a unit overflowing with an average of 52 patients daily.

This arbitration case was the first time a New York City hospital has been held financially liable for violating the contractual staffing ratios won by the New York State Nurses Association after a three-day strike earlier this year.

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