When nurses agreed to settle their nearly five-month strike against Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in December, a key component was getting specific nurse-to-patient ratios codified in their contract, along with ...
On Thursday ... union leaders urged a state Senate panel to make enforceable staffing ratios the law in hospitals and surgery centers across New Jersey..
Almost a third of patients admitted to a New Jersey hospital in 2022 had eight or more chronic conditions — an increase from about 25% in 2016, according to a study by the New Jersey Hospital Association.
Labor Unions Call on Trenton Policymakers to make Patient Safety and Retention of Healthcare Workers a Top Priority
We are facing a staffing crisis in our hospitals. But there is a clear, simple and proven answer- Safe staffing legislation.
Nurses at Complete Care at the Harborage, a 245-bed long-term nursing care facility in North Bergen, are now waiting for the NLRB to certify their vote today to join HPAE.
We want to congratulate the United Steelworkers 4-200 nurses on the successful ratification of their contract. The prolonged strike has highlighted the critical issue of safe staffing in the state of New Jersey.
The health care workers testified Friday morning that Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is increasingly unsafe because of insufficient staffing as they sat across from Sen. Bernie Sanders during a U.S. Senate committee hearing.
Bernie Sanders sat on the left side of the stage – the far left, you could say – and fiddled with papers, adjusted his glasses and listened for nearly 90 minutes as nurses testified, labor leaders opined, and a health
Thousands of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital nurses gathered with community members for a rally in New Brunswick following a Senate field hearing led by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.
We are facing a national crisis in healthcare: Tens of thousands of frontline nurses have fled the profession, and those left behind say they are burnt out and fed up with chronic understaffing at their hospitals.
While recent state-specific data is hard to find, hospitals here reported nearly 10,000 violent incidents in 2021, up nearly 15% from 2019, according to an industry report issued last year.
Trenton Legislators heard Our Voices, as we called on them to pass an effective, enforceable staffing ratio bill to keep patients safe, keep us safe, and stop the bleed of nurses leaving the profession at alarming rates. It was a
Nurses say New Jersey hospitals continue to be critically understaffed and therefore less safe, with far fewer medical professionals to attend to patients.
Hundreds of nurses rallied at the State House in Trenton, chanting, “Safe staffing saves lives!” ...claiming they’re overworked, understaffed and out of patience with New Jersey healthcare systems that don’t schedule enough nurses per shift.
On Thursday, May 11th, unionized nurses and other healthcare workers will rally outside the State House in Trenton to push legislators to pass NJ-S304/A4536 (Vitale/Jimenez).
New Jersey ranks among the 10 states with the most unfilled registered nurse positions with 13,404, according to Adzuna, a job listing site
It's time our voices are heard. Join us at the Safe Staffing Rally on May 11 where will tell lawmakers we have had enough. We are standing together—workers, patients, community members and advocates.
Healthcare workers, patients and community activists will Rally in Trenton on May 11 to tell legislators to pass a law mandating enforceable safe staffing levels in New Jersey hospitals.
New Jersey’s overworked, overburdened workforce call on lawmakers to pass safe staffing bill.
The problem is clear. Frontline health care workers continue to migrate out of bedside nursing at an alarming rate because of untenable working conditions.
A contract deal between New York City private hospitals and the New York State Nurses Association which provides for enforceable patient nurse staffing ratios is being hailed by New Jersey’s largest union of healthcare workers as an essential benchmark.
HPAE, New Jersey's largest union of healthcare workers, stands in solidarity with our New York nursing colleagues as they fight to improve working conditions, salaries and staffing policies at their hospitals.
Nurses at Jersey Shore University Medical Center ratified a three-year contract that is expected to increase wages, keep veteran nurses on board and enhance security at the hospital, union officials said Sunday.
They were hailed as heroes during the pandemic and helped bring the state through the public health crisis. Now a new survey shows many nurses in New Jersey have considered leaving the job and say a statewide staffing shortage is
A Jersey Shore union survey shows that nurses at Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center lack trust in their management.
More than half the union nurses at a New Jersey hospital wouldn’t feel safe being treated at their own facility. An overwhelming majority said the hospital is not a good place to work.
Nurses across New Jersey were walloped when the pandemic arrived, swept up in a vortex of death and trauma and grief. Witnessing death is part of the job.
New Jersey’s nurses, lauded as heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, have faced mixed results in labor negotiations with some of the state’s health systems this month. Unionized nurses have signed a new three-year contract with the state’s largest public hospital,
Hailed as heroes two years ago, frontline health care workers in New Jersey are now facing growing levels of verbal threats, harassment and workplace violence — most of it from patients under their care.
Ana Delgado, a registered nurse at Rutgers University, knows all about the emotional and mental strain of COVID-19.
Critical staff shortages have plagued many New Jersey hospitals. Travel nurses have helped fill the gaps, and in some cases, have prevented facilities from being overwhelmed during the delta and omicron waves.
New Jersey hospital systems and health care unions say the vast majority of their employees are vaccinated due to largely pro-vaccine attitudes and a number of previous government and corporate mandates.
When I can get out and run my errands, I see people who aren’t taking precautions to protect themselves, and it’s frustrating because, inside the hospitals, health professionals are in crisis mode.
New Jersey’s only public acute-care hospital is among six around the country slated to receive a military medical team to help address a surge in COVID-19 patients and staff shortages.
Donald Trump may have lost the election, but his laissez-faire worldview that believes commerce takes precedence over protecting workers’ health in the midst of a global pandemic has carried the day.
Hospitals are struggling to keep up staffing levels amid recent spikes in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and an exodus of nurses and other health care workers.
Hospitals in New Jersey have been struggling with staffing shortages for weeks. Patient numbers have grown quickly and the omicron variant has infected record numbers of workers, thinning their ranks at the bedside and behind the scenes.
Once again, health care workers are feeling abandoned by the very people who should be supportive of them.
As the omicron variant of COVID-19 drives a steep increase in hospital admissions in New Jersey, the biggest worry for health care leaders in this wave of the pandemic is not personal protective equipment, intensive care space or ventilators.
More fallout from The Great Resignation: New Jersey hospitals are fighting over new staffers — while struggling to pay temps hired at extremely high salaries from agencies. One healthcare union head reports an “exodus” of nurses and other workers seeking
The dearth of workers is an urgent threat in an industry that was already wrestling with staffing shortages, a tight labor market, and pandemic-related burnout and trauma.
From -The Philadelphia Inquirer, written by Harold Brubaker Thousands of relatively inexperienced nurses have received raises from area health systems in a bid to prevent them from leaving for lucrative sign-on bonuses at other hospitals. Times are good for nurses
The state’s hospitals and health care workers up and down the line have been coming to grips with a post-pandemic world and the new problems it presents.
For years, nurses in New Jersey have raised concerns about workforce shortages and staffing levels they believe put patients and employees in danger.
A largely unmasked nation will celebrate the nation’s return to near-normalcy this weekend with a ticker-tape parade in New York City, a dazzling fireworks display over the Washington Monument and countless Independence Day gatherings in cities and towns across the
Long before sick and dying COVID-19 patients inundated New Jersey’s hospitals, it was common for nurses in certain units — such as emergency departments — to miss breaks or even skip using the bathroom on their 12-hour shifts.
The state’s largest nurse and health care worker union filed 24 complaints over employee safety violations during the pandemic, and will seek a larger role through contract negotiations in determining how hospitals...
Healthcare workers have endured physical and emotional trauma, during the past year and yet the pandemic continues to take a toll.
Thousands of fading lawn signs honor the sacrifices of our “health care heroes,” but no one knows how many made the ultimate sacrifice. Not the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not New Jersey’s Department of Health.
Hospital lobbyists met with the bill’s primary sponsor and legislative aides several times last year pushing for changes to the bill that would have required daily reporting on the Department of Health’s website of COVID’s impact on health care workers..
Covid-19 has taken an outsized toll on Black and Hispanic Americans – and those disparities extend to medical workers
As the number of COVID-19 cases surge in the Garden State, front line medical workers are also getting sick. And now, a health care workers union is calling on the state to track hospital outbreaks (video).
The Murphy administration may step in to force hospitals to report COVID-19 outbreaks among staff as legislation requiring the public disclosure remains stalled in the state capital.
Health Professionals and Allied Employees, the union that represents 14,000 nurses in New Jersey, called on the state Monday to change that and require hospitals to track sick workers.
The scope of staff sickness, absence and deaths at New Jersey hospitals due to COVID-19 remains unknown nine months into the pandemic, despite concerns that a reduced workforce may hamper the hospitals’ ability to absorb a rising wave of sick patients.
As many as 40 employees at Palisades Medical Center have gotten sick from COVID-19 and more than 100 employees at Ocean Medical Center have also tested positive. NBC New York’s Gilma Avalos reports (video)
About 30 to 40 employees at Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the hospital to transfer some patients and divert ambulances to other emergency rooms, according to a union official and a hospital executive.
"It feels as if we are on a railroad track watching a speeding train hurtling toward us, knowing it will eventually hit us," said HPAE President Debbie White, RN. "What is quickly becoming clear to us is that this surge
Michele Burlington survived the first wave of the coronavirus on the front lines, working in a hospital’s packed COVID-19 unit. But she wasn’t going to risk the second wave. Even if it meant giving up her career of 42 years.
The state reported 3,207 new cases Saturday — the highest number of daily positive tests since April 27, around the peak of the initial outbreak — and 1,392 hospitalizations, the most since June 11.
There were 300 patients being treated for Covid-19, filling hospital rooms and spilling out into the halls of the emergency room. The trauma center, once used for gunshot wounds and car crash victims, was now filled with people on ventilators.
by Insidernj.com In a new HPAE report released today, union members offer real-time first-hand accounts of caring for patients on the COVID-19 pandemic frontlines while battling employers for personal protective equipment (PPE) and other resources to do their life-saving work. HPAE
Lack of proper protective masks and face shields, inadequate training in their use and lax government enforcement of safety requirements caused hundreds of front-line health workers in New Jersey to fall sick with coronavirus infection as the pandemic slammed health care facilities in recent months, the state’s largest health care union said Monday.
Lawmakers are hoping to boost oversight and coordination between hospitals and state health officials amid a lull for New Jersey in the COVID-19 pandemic, as a Monday report from the state’s nurses’ union flags what it says was a total
Many medical workers are just beginning to experience the fallout, overwhelmed by burnout, anxiety and despair. The symptoms are emerging as they reconcile the emotions they compartmentalized while watching scores of patients die and colleagues fall ill.
Health care workers at a New Jersey hospital fear for their safety, alleging the facility has failed to protect them from infection while treating COVID-19 patients.
Nurses in New Jersey prisons are working in “horrific conditions” that pose an “imminent hazard" to their health amid the coronavirus pandemic...
There is a cry going out across the nation to end the lockdown. We see armed protests in some states to “end the quarantine and open the country.”
A healthcare employee union filed a complaint Tuesday against a North Jersey hospital and nursing home for failing to provide equipment and follow safety requirements that could protect workers from getting the coronavirus, including one man who died last month.
Former critical care nurse Debbie White now heads a health care workers union with 14,000 members across New Jersey.
“Mr. Witt is not allowed on property at JSUMC,” the writing said, beneath a picture of him looking tired and pained. “If he is seen on property please contact your supervisor immediately.”
It's been said and said, but still not said enough: God bless the nurses. God bless the doctors, technicians, orderlies and ambulance drivers, too. But nurses above all.
First-responders from communities near Jersey Shore University Medical Center had a special surprise for staff during Monday night’s shift change amid the coronavirus outbreak.
HPAE is joining forces with Nurses Take DC to join colleagues from across the country to urge Congress to set standards for nurse staffing levels. More details TBA. For now mark your calendar to join us Thursday, April 26, 2018,
Nurses caring for patients at the bedside have a voice in their workplace when they are unionized. As the state’s largest healthcare union, HPAE represents 13,000 healthcare workers in hospitals, nursing homes, addiction treatment centers, health clinics, research labs and
HPAE nurses are speaking out and taking action to keep patients safe and support legislation to make sure every hospital has enough nurses for every patient.
Taking Action to Protect Health Care and Patient Safety HPAE nurses and health professionals play an important role in improving the delivery of healthcare services and advocating for patient, worker safety. During Nurses Week, we celebrate all that nurses and
Nurses and health professionals joined together to Keep Hospitals Safe on Monday, February 27, at the Trenton Statehouse and demand Trenton fully fund hospital inspections and pass patient safety, worker protection laws. Click here to learn how Trenton can Keep Our
Nurses from Inspira Health Network voted on May 19th to hold informational picketing at Inspira hospitals on a date to be determined. All 1,300 Inspira nurses represented by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) have been bargaining with Inspira
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
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.
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- Code Red: Understaffed. Overworked. Unsafe for everyone.
- CRISIS BREWING: Overworked and poorly compensated nurses are leaving the profession, saying hospital safety is on the decline
- Nurse to Patient Staffing Ratio Bill Currently in the NJ State Senate
- Nurse to Patient Staffing Ratio Bill Currently in the NJ State Assembly
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