Take Action!COVID-19: Members in Memoriam
"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.
A second COVID-19 surge is now upon us here in New Jersey. It feels as if we are on a railroad track watching a speeding train hurtling toward us, knowing it will eventually hit us. Cases are trending up so
Frontline workers are in line to receive the first round of an estimated 100,000 vaccine doses (video).
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.
In the battle against the COVID-19 resurgence, quality care and safe working conditions in every health care facility should be a priority
Unions representing hundreds of thousands of nurses and health-care workers filed a lawsuit against the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Thursday, alleging that the agency is violating its duties to keep workers safe by failing to issue an infectious-disease
Still, some officials fear a lack of PPE if another wave occurs. Debbie White, the president of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, a union representing 14,000 nurses and front-line caregivers statewide, said PPE shortages remain a concern.
This new law is a testament to the dedicated fight by our labor allies and other advocates for the elderly, to address these long-standing staffing issues.
No one anticipates the same surge of patients that flooded hospitals last spring, but health care leaders in New Jersey said they are taking steps to ensure proper resources are in place to care for rising numbers of coronavirus cases
Since before the state got the first coronavirus crisis under control, health experts and government officials have been warning of a second wave. They weren’t exactly sure when it would come, but they were sure that it would.
Two hospitals in Hudson County have been cited by a federal agency for COVID-19 related health and safety violations, officials said.
Fourteen health care institutions in New Jersey, including hospitals, nursing homes and an ambulance company, have been cited by the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration for failing to provide enough equipment and other protections...
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The halls of the Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, New Jersey, do not sound the same without Nancy Martell’s voice echoing down the corridor — a morning staple there for 18 years.
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.
University Hospital in Newark was front and center as the premier academic medical center responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital performed the function it always has for our state: it cared for and treated everyone who walked in through
During the health emergency, essential workers no longer have to prove they contracted the coronavirus on the job to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Gov. Phil Murphy signed it into law Monday, retroactive to March 9.
In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers who were exposed, infected and sickened by the virus faced an additional worry: whether they would qualify for workers' compensation benefits.
A Hackensack Meridian nursing home was cited by federal regulators for failing to give its nursing staff the proper masks to treat COVID-19 residents near the height of the pandemic, according to documents released Thursday.
This action by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the first citation of its kind nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey licenses more than 200 professions including boxers, manicurists, electricians, nurses, and teachers. But most applications ask for a social security number or work authorization (Listen to the interview with HPAE First VP Barb Rosen).
Yachona Muhammad, a 46-year-old aide at Forest Hill HealthCare Center in Newark, was forced to look for a second job after her hours were suddenly slashed to as few as three days a week in July. “My hours got cut because
Across the Jersey Shore, emergency rooms remain half empty. Hospital outpatient wings are abnormally quiet as demand for testing and nonemergency surgeries remain well below normal, doctors say.
Nurses and health care professionals should never have had to worry about fighting for workers’ compensation and other benefits if they became sick while providing critical care on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 killed tens of thousands in the Northeast, caused massive unemployment and wrecked the economy. In an ongoing series of stories, the USA TODAY Network Atlantic Group examines what the government got wrong in its response to the virus, what policies eventually
NJ Assembly Judiciary Committee Statement of Alexis Rean-Walker, HPAE Secretary-Treasurer In support of A.4255 Monday, July 20, 2020 Good Morning Chairman Mukherji and the members of Assembly Judiciary Committee. My name is Alexis Rean-Walker, Secretary-Treasurer of HPAE, representing 14,0000 nurses
After several months of battling the virus, healthcare workers applaud Governor Murphy's Executive Order requiring a face mask when social distancing is not possible.
Nurses at Salem Medical Center in Mannington Township held an informational picket in front of the hospital Thursday to highlight what they describe as a lack of progress in contract negotiations.
After endless negotiations in which the owners of their hospital seem interested only in giving lip service to wanting a fair deal, Unionized Salem Medical Center Registered Nurses today held information picket to protest lack of progress in bargaining.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center unionized Nurses held an informational picket today to protest lack of progress and retrogressive policy proposals by Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) in their contract negotiations.
More than 1,500 nurses from two New Jersey hospitals say they’ve been “pushed to the limit” Thursday after failing to make progress in contract negotiations with Hackensack Meridian Health.
We can all agree that New Jersey and the entire country were completely unprepared to handle any type of pandemic. The lack of planning – nationally, within the State, within healthcare facilities – thrust healthcare workers into a nightmare they
An informal survey of nurses from the state’s largest healthcare union found more than half had been exposed to the coronavirus and one in five developed the potentially lethal disease, COVID-19.
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.
Nurses at Southern Ocean and Jersey Shore University Medical Centers will hold informational pickets to protest lack of progress in bargaining new contract with Hackensack Meridian Health.
As a union of healthcare workers, our goal, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been to save lives-as many and as often as we can.
As a social worker, Kristin Tatulli’s been working from home since mid-March. But her office is set to reopen June 30 and she needs to find child care for her two girls.
Federal workplace safety regulators are investigating complaints that Jersey Shore Medical Center gave trash bags for staff to wear and weren't providing properly fitting respirator masks to prevent infection.
Pregnant essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic are struggling with an emotional tug-of-war, forced to choose between the jobs they love and protecting their unborn children.
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.
The day after New Jersey lowered its flags to honor coronavirus victims in early April, a grandmother died in Belleville. She was a nurse at Northern State Prison.
In these difficult, harrowing days of a still raging COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union marks Nurses Week 2020 by honoring the sacrifices and service of our HealthCare Heroes.
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.
Union unveils online Memorial to member Lives Lost on Coronavirus Pandemic Frontlines
Virtua Executive Vice President and COO John Matsinger responded that the complaint was “not true” and that the masks in-question were federally approved and...
Fast-tracked measure easily passes both houses, but some lawmakers question both process and scope of legislation.
The Senate's Democratic healthcare leaders asked HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday to make sure the remaining funds from Congress' $100 billion provider relief fund are targeted to places hardest hit by COVID-19.
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.”
Statement from HPAE President Debbie White, RN on firing of nurse for defending rights of another
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.
Workers are on the front lines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic often going above and beyond the call of duty and making sacrifices that place their own health and safety at risk.
After a long 12-hour shift in the emergency room at Christ Hospital, Glenn Levine returns to his Hoboken condo unable to share a simple kiss with his wife.
Health care workers from around the U.S. on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 share video diaries of what they are experiencing while caring for patients and running low on personal protective equipment.
In the Covid-19 pandemic, worker health is public health. But worker safety and health is in a crisis in this pandemic.
We wish to remind the public that the men and women of both the STFA and the HPAE are on the front lines of maintaining order and public safety and the treatment and care of patients, respectively during this crisis.
Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Saturday to help keep track of personal protective equipment (PPE) as coronavirus cases continue to grow.
President Donald Trump invoked the rarely used Defense Production Act on Friday to order the Department of Health and Human Services to compel General Motors to manufacturer ventilators...
Jerry-rigged ventilators. Dwindling supplies of N95s and surgical masks. Buckets of bleach instead of sanitizing wipes.
Please join me, Debbie White, President of HPAE for a COVID-19 telephone town hall on Thursday, March 26th at 8:00 pm ET.
President Trump says he wants the United States “raring to go” in two and a half weeks, on Easter, with “packed churches all over our country.”
As the number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey climbed to more than 4,400 on Wednesday, Congress provided some financial relief for millions of Americans ...
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Health care providers — including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and more — are projected to be the bottleneck resource in providing care for COVID-19 patients in the coming weeks.
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The state-run coronavirus testing site that opened in Bergen County Friday morning started turning people away just after noon, hours before it was scheduled to close.
Representatives of New Jersey’s leading health care unions applaud Governor Murphy for creating a platform for collaboration within the health care industry to develop standardized responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, China on Thursday reported no new local infections for the previous day...
President Trump announced Wednesday that he will invoke the Defense Production Act (DPA), which would allow the administration to force American...
The number of reported coronavirus cases shot up drastically Monday in New Jersey, when the state announced 80 new cases, bringing the total to at least 178.
Scientists tracking the spread of the coronavirus reported on Monday that, for every confirmed case, there are most likely another five to 10 people in the community with undetected infections.
To deal with expected influx of patients, measures could include drafting in retired health care professional and reopening facilities that had been closed
Hackensack Meridian Health said Sunday it will postpone all elective surgical procedures for two weeks, in response to a request made Saturday by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
A quick test to help triage emergency room patients with potential coronavirus infections was introduced Thursday at hospitals in the Hackensack Meridian Health system across New Jersey.
Join us for a #COVID19 Social Media Rally. Healthcare Workers across NJ are Providing Safe Patient Care. Now is the Time to Demand State and Federal Officials Give Workers the Protections They Need.
Nurses and and certified nursing assistants in hospitals and nursing homes across the state are relaying “shocking concerns" about supply shortages as the coronavirus steadily spreads.
we are calling on the State of NJ to stay strong on standards and ensure all healthcare facilities have the supplies, training materials, and staffing support they need to reduce everyone's risk of exposure to COVID19.
The number of coronavirus cases in New Jersey has increased by eight, bringing the statewide total to 23 positive tests with one death, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Wednesday.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday the state will waive fees for testing and testing-related services for the coronavirus for about 2 million New Jerseyans...
Public officials are working across state lines to piece together an expanding and increasingly complex puzzle when it comes to coronavirus in New Jersey...
New Jersey reported five new presumed cases of coronavirus on Monday, which brings the state total to 11, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver said at an afternoon press briefing.
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As fears grow about the spread of the coronavirus across the globe, Gov. Phil Murphy said state government officials held a meeting Wednesday morning to make sure New Jersey is prepared.
Four of the 27 Royal Caribbean passengers screened for coronavirus after the cruise ship docked in Bayonne on Friday morning were sent to hospitals for further evaluation, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.
Health officials announced the sixth confirmed case of coronavirus in the U.S. on Thursday, the first time the disease was transmitted from one person to another in the country.
A patient suspected of having the new coronavirus has tested negative, New Jersey health officials said Tuesday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today during a press conference that the United States now has 110 persons under investigation (PUIs) from 26 states being tested for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) responsible for ...
Gov. Phil Murphy today outlined New Jersey’s strategy for preventing and managing the spread of a coronavirus originating in Wuhan, China, that’s killed more than 100 people and left thousands more sick.
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