JNESO in the News
CarePoint Health issues 2,700 layoff notices in anticipation of hospital sales
The owners of three hospitals in Hudson County have taken another major step toward getting out of the hospital business. More than 2,100 layoff notices have been issued to employees at Hoboken University Medical Center (HUMC) and Christ Hospital in Jersey City, two Carepoint facilities that are being purchased by RJWBarnabas Health. Some 627 more layoff notices were issued to employees at the company’s headquarters and affiliated entities in Jersey City and Bayonne.
JNESO TO DISTRIBUTE BOTTLED WATER AT PARADISE BAPTIST CHURCH
As the battle over lead in Newark water rages on, JNESO District Council 1 members are taking action. On Saturday, September 7th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, JNESO volunteers will distribute bottled water at the Paradise Baptist Church located at 348 15th Avenue (Corner of Hunterdon St. & 15th Ave.) in Newark. "Many of our nurses work every day caring for the people of Newark and some are on the frontlines of providing lead testing and education to the community, so we felt it was extremely important to do something to help," said Elfrieda Johnson, JNESO Board President, and a longtime Newark Resident.
NJ SIGNS MULTISTATE NURSING LICENSING COMPACT
The Garden State will partner with 33 other states to address its nursing shortage, which is the third most severe in the U.S. After nearly two decades of debate, nurses licensed in New Jersey will soon be able to work in dozens of other states — and those in other participating jurisdictions can also now practice in the Garden State. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday that adds New Jersey to an existing multistate nursing licensing compact that will soon connect it with 33 other states, including Delaware and Maryland — but not Pennsylvania or New York.
HAS NURSE STAFFING IN NEW JERSEY REALLY IMPROVED? | OPINION
The fact that Rutgers University conducted a study that deals with safe staffing ratios for nurses shows how important this issue is in New Jersey. The study, Effects of Public Reporting Legislation of Nurse Staffing: A Trend Analysis, claims hospital reporting of staffing numbers has led to better nurse staffing ratios – that nurses are handling fewer patients. Public reporting of staffing statistics is a good thing. However, JNESO, the professional healthcare union that serves some 5,000 nurses and techs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, would argue the study does not tell the whole story.
JNESO nurses at LVH-Pocono donate shoes to girls empowerment program
More than 100 pairs of shoes have been collected by the JNESO nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono to help support a local girls empowerment program. JNESO Chief Steward and Board Member Annmarie Ruggiero organized the shoe drive after learning about the Girls on the Run Poconos program, which provides after-school programming for girls in grades three to eight. Ruggiero enlisted the support of several JNESO union members at LVH-Pocono who helped spread the word and enabled them to collect more than 100 pairs of shoes since September. This week, the final batch of shoes was delivered.
Virtua averts nurses' strike with new contract, increased staffing
(Camden Courier Post) About 1,500 registered nurses have voted to accept a new contract with Virtua, calling off a threatened strike that would have affected the health system's locations in Voorhees, Marlton, Berlin and Camden, as well as its visiting home care nurses.
Virtua union representing 1.5k nurses votes to strike if necessary
(Becker's Hospital Review) A union representing 1,500 registered nurses at Marlton, N.J.-based Virtua Health voted March 6 to strike if necessary after complaining nurses are frequently too busy to take a break during shifts or take earned days off, according to a Courier-Post report.
Nurses and LVH-Pocono reach agreement
(Pocono Record) Nurses with the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono reach three-year contract with the hospital, but not without taking some parting shots. The nurses are represented by JNESO, the healthcare union, a New Jersey-based union. The contract will cover about 400 full-time, part-time and per diem registered nurses employed by the hospital.
LVH-Pocono nurses agree to three-year contract
(Morning Call) Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono reached a three-year contract agreement Friday with the union that represents registered nurses there, according to a statement released by the union.
State health care workers struggle with staff reductions | Opinion: Elfrieda Johnson
(NorthJersey.com) We love our patients
– just ask any health care professional who
works day in and day out caring for them.
It’s a labor of love, as we work long hours -
St. Mary's laying off 20 nurses, medical techs
(NorthJersey.com) Twenty nurses and medical
technicians will be laid off at St. Mary's General
Hospital in Passaic, union officials said Monday.
Pocono Medical Center to lay off 61 Registered Nurses
(Pocono Record) Pennsylvania and New Jersey
healthcare union JNESO was informed of the
planned layoffs Tuesday, Douglas Placa, district
council executive director, said.
HOW TO HANDLE SALE OF NEWARK HOSPITAL PRESENTS DILEMMA FOR STATE OFFICIALS
(NJSpotlight.com) Saint Michael’s sale to Prime
Healthcare receives unanimous support at public hearing,
but others raise serious questions about proposal.
At public hearing, widespread support for sale of Newark hospital
(POLITICO New Jersey) NEWARK -Supporters of the
proposed sale of Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark
turned out in force Tuesday for a state Department of
Health public hearing.
BATTLE CONTINUES OVER NURSE-TO-PATIENTS RATIO AS MEASURE ADVANCES
(NJSpotLight.com) Nurses cite patient safety while hospitals
say they need staffing flexibility. Labor unions representing
the state’s nurses have won a key legislative skirmish over
reducing the registered nurses-to-patients ratio allowed in
hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.
Should N.J. hospitals be forced to add more nurses?
(NJ.com) TRENTON -Hospitals and same-day surgery centers
would be required to meet minimum nursing-to-patient
requirements or face fines by the state Department of Health
under a bill approved Thursday by a state Assembly committee.
WITH BANKRUPTCY FILING, SAINT MICHAEL’S OPENS UP NEW FRONT IN BATTLE OVER SALE
(NJSpotlight.com) Hospital CEO points to lengthy state review
while state argues it must act in best interests of community. The
decision by Saint Michael’s Medical Center officials to file for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy yesterday opens a new opportunity for the
hospital to argue for its proposed sale to the California-based
for-profit chain Prime Healthcare Services.
Mona Hartle, RN and JNESO PMC Local President: Bill Would Make Pennsylvania Hospitals Safer
(PoconoRecord.com) Are you safe in Pennsylvania’s hospitals?
That’s a question that our Commonwealth sought to answer, and
after months of research and evaluation, it did.
Union Members Rally in Support of St. Michael's Medical Center
(Patch.com) The people have spoken: we need our
hospital. On Wednesday, May 27, 200 residents, healthcare
workers, doctors, clergy and elected officials rallied in
the streets of Newark in support of the sale of Saint Michael's