2018-2019 NJ Staffing Bills
We have a new staffing bill being introduced into the Assembly A1470 which if all goes well will be Senate Bill S989.
We have a lot of work to do. Please make sure you are doing the weekly outreach from the Take Action Page
I will post information for hearing dates. Anyone can testify in support of the bill. The more support the better!
Legislative Calendar Link
NJ Safe Ratio Billboards
What better way to get the word out about the safe staffing bill than a billboard. A GoFundMe Page will be up soon, and we need you to design our billboard! Submit your designs on Facebook, Twitter or email to email@example.com
Thank you for your hard work in 2017! Your advocacy resulted in legislatures being made aware of Senate Bill 1280. Your advocacy made safe staffing a topic during the governor race! Your advocacy led to a new staffing bill being introduced into Assembly? Thank you!
Let's Do This In 2018!
December 12th 2017- Via text message Assemblyman Benson from district 14 confirmed that Senator Vitale will be leading the language for a staffing bill that will be introduced in to the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. Assemblyman Benson will be the Assembly member who will
introduce that bill into the Assembly. We want a comprehensive bill
like S1280 that covers all units.
Locate your representatives and their addresses here
1995 Nurses March on Washington, D.C
Without the aid of social media thousands of nurses defended on the nation's capital to let their voices be heard. The battle cry of the nurses from that day has not changed. On April 26, 2018 Laura Gasparis and thousands of nurses will once again rally for safe staffing. Laura has been a champion for our profession. She is a tireless advocate for patient safety.
Why Safe Ratios?
The relationship between nurse staffing and patient outcomes have been studied for several years. Evidence shows that less nurses to care for patients leads to an increase in mortality. Providing safe staffing is essential for patient safety, but the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) and their partnered Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL NJ) have repeatedly opposed bills that would require hospitals to provide safe staffing. For over a decade nurse unions and nurses have asked New Jersey's elected representatives to put patients first, but our desperate pleas have been silenced. Most patients and the public don't know that there is a ratio related staffing crisis. This issue has been hidden from the public. Few politicians have supported safe staffing, and have not successfully passed a bill into law.
Senate Bill 1280 is the most comprehensive bill that has made its way to the NJ Senate, but the bill has not had the support of the health committee, and has been stalled. New Jersey is not unique to this repeated failure. California was the first state to successfully pass a law that mandated safe staffing fifteen years ago, but their road to safe staffing took approximately a decade and was not successful until they partnered with the public.
New Jersey nursing unions have met with health committee members and finally this comprehensie bill was drafted, and sent to senate on 2/8/2016 but like California's own bill it has lacked the support of the nurses. We cannot expect a bill to be passed that protects our patients if we ourselves do not do the work that is needed to get this bill into the light and become a topic for discussion during this year's election cycle. Waiting for a new governor is a missed opportunity.
Read Senate Bill 1280