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Report on NYC Health & Hospital Nurse Staffing Trends During COVID-19 Pandemic

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new report by the Office of the New York State Comptroller found the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated pre-existing staffing pressures, particularly a shortage of staff nurses, in NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H) facilities, leading to an increased reliance on temporary nurses and higher staffing costs.

Between February 2020 and September 2022, temporary staffing at H+H grew by 83% to offset the loss of staff nurses while managing demand for its services. It resulted in unexpected costs of $125 million in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023, which the State Comptroller’s office anticipates will remain elevated through at least FY 2024.

This report is an update to DiNapoli’s 2021 report, NYC Health + Hospitals Check-Up: The Impact of COVID-19. DiNapoli’s office routinely examines the finances and issues impacting the fiscal health of H+H.

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