Understaffing is driving our healthcare system to the brink of collapse. That is why HPAE, New Jersey’s largest union of healthcare workers, is pushing the state legislature to pass a law in Trenton mandating enforceable staffing ratios.
The problem is clear – frontline healthcare workers continue to migrate out of bedside nursing at an alarming rate because of untenable working conditions. Driven in large part by working shorthanded, this unsafe work environment has led to tremendous burnout in the profession as many more leave healthcare due to stress. And when healthcare workers suffer – the unavoidable result is patient care suffers.
Too often nurses in NJ are working short-staffed, a problem that has existed for decades, but has now hit a point where our entire healthcare system is in a state of crisis. In study after study, short staffing has been shown to compromise patient care and safety, as well as nurse safety. Every healthcare worker and every patient are feeling the pain of short staffing, while healthcare executives continue to profit.
Read HPAE’s latest position paper CODE RED: Understaffed. Overworked. Unsafe for Everyone.
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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
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Unionized Nurses, Healthcare Advocates & Activists to Rally for Safe Staffing at NJ Hospitals
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).
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Nurses Leaflet at Hospitals Across New Jersey, Build Momentum for May 11 Trenton Safe Staffing Rally
HPAE Nurses Leaflet at Hospitals Across New Jersey, Building Momentum to Next Month’s Rally in Trenton for Safe Staffing Frontline healthcare workers will gather at NJ State Capitol on Thursday, May 11, 2023 to urge lawmakers to mandate enforceable staffing
Safe Staffing Newsletter #2
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.
Safe Staffing Newsletter #1
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.
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The problem is clear. Frontline health care workers continue to migrate out of bedside nursing at an alarming rate because of untenable working conditions.
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HPAE’s statement of solidarity with NYC nurses who are on strike
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‘Chilling’ findings in survey of NJ nurses (video)
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Nurses at this N.J. hospital say they wouldn’t feel safe being treated at their own facility
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Right now, nursing is broken
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Healthcare Workers Feel the Lash of Letting COVID
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Health care workers struggle amid staffing shortage, COVID-19 surge and burnout
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Weary nurses urge return to public-health mandates as omicron peaks
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Temp agencies “poach” nurses, worsen hospital staff shortages (video)
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Philly-area hospitals are paying nurses big bonuses to stave off shortage
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As COVID-19 continues, so do troubles for nurses
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Doing their job should not have cost them their lives
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Murphy indicates he could make info on COVID outbreaks among hospital staff public
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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.
Should NJ hospitals be required to tell public about staff COVID-19 outbreaks?
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"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
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“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.”
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HPAE Nurses Speak Out for Safe Staffing
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.
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Keep Our Hospitals Safe
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Nurses, Health Professionals urge Trenton Lawmakers to Keep Hospitals Safe
Nurses, health professionals, and patients traveled to Trenton on Monday, February 27th to urge Governor Christie and lawmakers to fully fund hospital inspections and to pass legislation that ensures patient safety and worker rights’ enforcement.
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Inspira Nurses Vote to Take Action for Patient Safety, Safe Staffing
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
Members Meet with Cumberland County Freedholders
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Staffing Forum Addresses Key Issues
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.
- Read the Safe Staffing Facts
- Share your experiences with our current healthcare staffing crisis
- Summary of Nurse Staffing Studies
- 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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