As we head into this fall’s elections, with all 120 seats in the New Jersey legislature up this year, HPAE has made support for safe staffing legislation a key indicator for endorsement of candidates. Click here to view the full list.
The long-standing problem of understaffing in healthcare facilities, coupled with the added trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic, have resulted in healthcare workers that are overworked, exhausted and exiting hospitals. The primary reason they are leaving our hospitals is unsafe staffing and it is critical that we “stop the bleed.”
“This is why the union is supporting only those candidates who support S304/A4536, our safe staffing bills, that mandate enforceable nurse to patient staffing ratios in New Jersey hospitals,” said HPAE President Debbie White, RN.
“Nurses are the most trusted professionals in the country and voters must heed these warnings,” continues White, “Our healthcare system is in crisis. We are urging every voter to vote for those who support safe staffing.”
Sen. Linda R. Greenstein (D), a key sponsor of the bill, said:
“I’m honored to receive the Health Professionals & Allied Employees’ (HPAE) endorsement again this year,” said Senator Greenstein. “I remain committed to fighting for policies that support the men and women we hailed as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic – including fair wages and safe staffing levels – so that they are well-equipped to take care of our families, friends, and loved ones in times of need.”
And, Sen. Andrew Zwicker (D), another leading supporter of the proposed law, said:
“I am honored to be endorsed by the hardworking members of the HPAE,” Senator Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) said. “From being the frontline of the pandemic response, to advocating for safe staffing and fair contracts across New Jersey, I’m inspired and emboldened by their work. I look forward to continuing to advocate for them in Trenton and beyond.”
White said the crisis in healthcare staffing is forcing healthcare unions to draw a line in the sand. Nurses come and go because the work environment is unsafe and because they know it puts their patients at risk.
“Healthcare workers can no longer work under these conditions. Patient care is at risk. Nurses are going on strike and holding rallies to sound the alarm. It is voters turn to take action. If you trust nurses, then take our recommendation into consideration before voting in this election.”
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