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
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
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