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Nursing at Ellis

More than 1,000 nurses care for patients every day at Ellis Medicine’s four campuses – Ellis Hospital, McClellan Street Health Center, Bellevue Woman’s Center and Medical Center of Clifton Park – and various support services locations throughout the Capital Region.  
Ellis nurses provide patient-focused, compassionate and high-quality care. Ellis’ nursing philosophy is based on the Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring.

Clinical Ladder Program

Ellis Medicine offers a clinical ladder program called Clinical Achievement and Recognition of Excellence (CARE). The clinical ladder program includes six levels and based on points. Each level requires additional points and education.  Upon completion of the clinical ladder program, a celebration is held and nurses are given a monetary reward.

Journey to Magnet Designation

Ellis is currently on its Magnet Journey.  Ellis nurses are divided into four teams (Exemplary Professional Practice, New Knowledge & Innovations, Leadership and Nursing Empowerment). Each team has a different focus and unit-based forums to address specific issues. Nurses participate in decision making and changes.  

In Their Own Words

LouAnn Bala, RN
Director, Emergency Services

Ellis Medicine
LouAnn Bala, RN 2012

The DAISY Award

Ellis Medicine is proud to be a DAISY Award Hospital Partner, recognizing all that our nurses do each day to provide exceptional care to our patients.

The DAISY Award was established by the DAISY Foundation in memory of J. Patrick Barnes who died of complications of the auto-immune disease Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (ITP) at the age of 33. The Barnes Family was inspired by, and grateful for, the clinical skills and compassion of the nurses who cared for Patrick, so they created the DAISY award.

A DAISY Award nominee is a nurse whose clinical skill and compassionate care exemplify the kind of nurse that our patients, their families, and our organization recognize as an outstanding role model. She/he acts in a way that consistently demonstrates the values of our organization.

Patients, visitors, nurses, and physicians may nominate a deserving nurse by printing out our Daisy Nomination Form and mailing to:

Ellis Medicine Nursing Office
Attn: CARE Review Board
1101 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

To find out more about the DAISY Foundation and award, visit