Safe Staffing

Current staffing regulations in New Jersey, which offer coverage only in ICU or critical care units, have not been updated since 1987. Technology, reduced hospital stays, and patients have undergone drastic changes, but our regulations have remained stagnant, unchanged, and unenforced. While our state has chosen to do little to improve staffing levels, HPAE local unions have fought for and won staffing language in contracts, whether in the form of nurse to patient staffing ratios or limits on floating and flexing.

Research studies show that safe staffing is linked to better patient outcomes and improved working conditions. A Summary of Nurse Staffing Studiesthat has been compiled by HPAE clearly indicates that safe staffing improves patient care, facilitates the retention of qualified, experienced nurses, and leads to a reduction in workplace injuries.

Finally, we continue to support state legislation in New Jersey – similar to the law in California – that mandates nurse to patient staffing ratios.

Click Here for the Nurse to Patient Staffing Ratio Bill Currently in the NJ State Senate

Click Here for the Nurse to Patient Staffing Ratio Bill Currently in the NJ State Assembly

A  Summary of Nurse Staffing Studies has been compiled by HPAE. These studies clearly indicate that safe staffing improves patient care, facilitates the retention of qualified, experienced nurses, and leads to a reduction in workplace injuries.

HPAE has also developed a Notice of Unsafe Staffing Form that may be used to report incidences of unsafe staffing.

The American Federation of Teachers, the national union to which HPAE is affiliated, has information and analysis on safe staffing on their website.

Click Here for the AFT 2014 Convention Resolution on Safe Staffing

News

Members Meet with Cumberland County Freedholders
Mar 30 2016

    Inspira RNs from Vineland had a meeting with the Cumberland County Freeholders to brief them on issues that will be presented at the upcoming negotiations and how they may impact the citizens of Cumberland County. Local 5131 RNs

Read More

Staffing Forum Addresses Key Issues
Mar 01 2016

Our local held a Staffing Forum held on February 17. The forum was an interactive meeting in which updates were given on the arbitration award regarding contract section 4.11 positions, the hospital’s acuity system, and staffing legislation in New Jersey.

Read More

Thats all, folks - no more news!

Safe Staffing Contact