1,000+ nurses hired in past eight months to continue caring for New Yorkers

Friday, 24 May, 2024

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Dr. Mitchell Katz on May 20, 2024, announced that more than 1,000 new union nurses have been hired over the past eight months at the city's public hospital system, replacing many temporary nurses. This investment in the health system's workforce ensures patients are served by permanent employees who are committed to the mission, come from the community, and have developed institutional knowledge. With these 1,000+ nurses, the NYC Health + Hospital system has more than 9,600 full-and part-time nurses across the system. 

"Nurses stand on the frontlines of our health care system, and we were all witness to their heroic actions during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic," said Mayor Adams. "They are often the first and last people you see when you visit a hospital or outpatient setting, and they are the backbone of our health care system. Our administration is proud of the progress we have made hiring, training, and retaining nurses, investing in our health care workforce and a healthier city. Our public hospitals are a great place to further your nursing career, and now is the time to join." 

"Nurses are a critical part of the care team," said Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Anne Williams-Isom. "They are oftentimes the person with whom patients interact with most, offering a warm smile and a gentle touch, whether it is for general medication administration, specialty services in a specific unit, or so many other ways nurses serve on the frontlines. Thank you to all new nurses for joining 'Team NYC' and thank you to all the nurses that are with us throughout the NYC Health + Hospitals system." 

"Nurses are the heart of NYC Health + Hospitals, providing compassionate and skilled care to our patients every day," said NYC Health + Hospitals President and CEO Katz, MD. "Through our targeted recruitment efforts, we have been able to attract and retain top talent in the field, ensuring that our patients receive the best possible care. The dedication, expertise, and empathy of our nursing team are the foundation of our success, and we are grateful for their tireless efforts." 

The city's public health system offers nurses an array of benefits, including a pension. New nurses can take advantage of the Nurse Residency Program, nursing fellowships, tuition reimbursement, loan forgiveness, and scholarship programs through NYC Health + Hospitals. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting the Nurses4NYC website and applying online.