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Nurses call for better staffing levels

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Albany/HV: Nurses call for better staffing levels
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- One state organization is hoping a new law will help improve nursing staffing levels at local hospitals.

Members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered outside Ellis Hospital in Schenectady Wednesday morning. They called on hospital administrators to do more to comply with the state's new staffing disclosure law. The law requires hospitals to report the number of registered nurses on staff in relation to the number of patients.

The group says low staffing levels can have a devastating impact those seeking care. But hospital officials say they are doing their part to keep the public informed.

"When you hit your nurse call button, nobody comes and it's not the nurse's fault, the nurses are tied up with patients, they don't know your nurse call light is on," said Michelle Draves.

"Patients could receive disclosure on or the public could be informed on things like falls with injury, central line infection, care unit, pressure ulcers and it's information that we collect anyway," said Cece Lynch, Vice President of Nursing at Ellis Hospital.

The Nurses Association says they are encouraging all local hospitals to do their part. They say more information will help the public make better decisions about where to seek treatment.

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