April 2022 HPAE Newsletter - Health Professionals & Allied Employees

April 2022 HPAE Newsletter

Creating and Providing Peer to Peer Support

After two years of fighting a global pandemic, HPAE and AFT are providing a series of trainings and workshops conducted by the presentation faculty of the Mental Health Association in New Jersey. Many working people continue to struggle with the emotional and mental strains this pandemic created in our lives, especially as we slowly return to our routine lives. Click here to sign up for “Creating and Providing Peer to Peer Support” to be held on May 9th and 16th at 12:00 PM and 6:30 PM.

NJ Spotlight featured HPAE members in “COVID’s Other Toll: Mental Health of Nurses.” Click here to read more.

Click here to read more on this project from AFT featuring HPAE members’ experiences.

Moving Forward. Getting Stronger. – Health Professionals & Allied Employees

HPAE Locals are in Bargaining Across NJ

HPAE Local 5019 at Bergen New Bridge; 5131 and 5621 at Inspira Health; 5094 and 5089 at Rutgers University; 5421 at Salem Medical Center; 5103 at the American Red Cross are currently at the bargaining table. Locals 5058 and 5138 at Hackensack Meridian will head to the table later this year. Be on the look out for ways to support our HPAE sisters and brothers fighting for safer working conditions and fairer economic benefits.

Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day!

On this Professional Administration Day, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our Administrative Staff. They have played an intricate role in the building of HPAE. Click here to read more on our Administrative Professional staff who work hard to achieve the success that we enjoy today.

Caring for those who Care for Us

Reporter Bob Hennelly shines a spotlight on the violence healthcare workers face in the workplace, featuring Barbara Rosen, HPAE First Vice President. Click here to read more.

“Compassion, empathy and professionalism are some of the hallmarks of our work in caring for patients,” said Rosen. “While caregivers have always had to contend with violence in the workplace, including often from the people they are caring for, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the issue in many ways.” Rosen said her union wanted  “to focus on mitigating violence before it happens—a root-cause analysis of why violence is taking place ” which needs to include addressing the state’s staffing crisis that can “cause long delays in a patient receiving attention, which may push some patients over the edge. And, some patients come in with mental health issues or are in emotional distress.”

It’s a common sense prescription.

“Safety measures, including a safe work environment, a staff that’s well trained and adequate staffing level could go a long way toward mitigating violence before it happens,” concludes Rosen.

Do you qualify to have your student loans forgiven?

AFT has developed an easier, more streamlined process to access the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.  Please watch for AFT emails with a direct link to the program, “Summer.”  Summer will help HPAE members navigate the process of getting loans forgiven.


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