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.
Newark receives fourth DEP citation as lead levels continue to rise
Lead levels in Newark's drinking water continued to climb in the second half of 2018, even as the city sought corrective action on problems at the Pequannock Water Treatment Plant, according to new data from the state Department of Environmental Protection. On Friday, the DEP's reported on its website that Newark's water system had been cited for exceeding acceptable levels of lead for the fourth time in two years. The top 10 percent of samples taken during the most recent testing period, which spanned the second half of 2018, topped 47 lead parts per billion — more than three times the federal Environmental Protection Agency's standard. (Full article on politico.com)
DiGirolamo: With too few nurses, hospitals risk lives
On Wednesday, state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo, of Bensalem, introduced legislation to set a “minimum ratio of patients to nurses.” Pennsylvania could have 2,479 fewer surgical deaths per year if the state implemented minimum patient-to-nurse ratios in area hospitals, Penn University researchers concluded in 2010.
Nurses rank No. 1 for honesty and ethics 17 years in row!
You live by the American Nurses Association’s Code of Ethics and are receiving the recognition you deserve, again.
In a recent Gallup poll, 84% of Americans surveyed rated the honesty and ethics of nurses as very high or high. You earned the top spot among a diverse list of professions for the 17th consecutive year.
This indicates a 2% increase compared to last year, during which 82% of Americans surveyed described your ethics as high or very high.
HALF OF NURSES SURVEYED CONSIDERED LEAVING FIELD, STRUGGLES PERSIST WITH BURNOUT
Burnout, overwork and harassment affected nurses and impact patient care in 2018, due in large part to the national nurse shortage, according to research released by travel nurse staffing provider RNnetwork. The study found nearly half of all respondents, 49%, have considered leaving nursing in the past two years, a number that has not changed since RNnetwork’s 2016 survey. Sixty percent of nurses reported they spend the right amount of time at work, a slight decrease from 63% in 2016 and an indication that hours and expectations are increasing.
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.
Here are N.J.'s safest hospitals -- and how they all fared in new national survey
Six years after a panel of medical experts began grading hospitals across the country based on their success keeping patients safe and protecting them from infections, falls and mistakes, New Jersey has earned more A's than any other state in the nation, a report released Thursday said. The biannual Leapfrog Safety scores released on Thursday evaluated 67 hospitals in New Jersey, and 38 of them received A's, according to the report.
One in three nurses says patient safety ‘unfavorable’ at hospitals, Penn study finds
Two decades ago, a landmark report from the Institute of Medicine found that thousands of patients die in hospitals each year from preventable medical errors. In a new issue of Health Affairs devoted to that topic, an assortment of studies finds that hospitals have improved somewhat but have more work to do. Among the studies was a survey at 535 hospitals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, California, and Florida finding that 29.6 percent of nurses rated patient safety at those hospitals as "unfavorable."
Newark's water breaches levels for dangerous contaminant. And nearby towns are drinking it, too.
First it was lead. Now it's a likely carcinogenic chemical. Newark has again violated a federal standard, allowing a potentially cancer-causing contaminant to flow through the drinking water -- and the water it sells to nearby towns, according to state test records. The state records show Newark's water contains high levels of haloacetic acids, a group of five possibly carcinogenic chemicals that are byproducts of the water disinfection process. People exposed to elevated levels of haloacetic acids for years are at an increased risk of getting cancer, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
OP-ED: WHY UNIONS ARE MORE VITAL THAN EVER FOR ALL WORKERS IN NEW JERSEY
As union membership continues to decline in the Garden State, it’s worth remembering that unions have been crucial in raising wages for all workers. Nine years have passed since the official conclusion of the Great Recession. At first glance, the New Jersey economy appears to be running on full steam, having recouped all the jobs lost in the recession and then some more. Wage employment is hovering around 4.2 million, a new high level. With the unemployment rate declining to 4.2 percent in July, it is at its lowest level since July 2007.
Labor Union Approval Steady at 15-Year High
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sixty-two percent of Americans approve of labor unions today, which is consistent with the 61% who approved last year and up from 56% in 2016. Before 2017, public support for unions hadn't exceeded 60% since 2003, when 65% approved. The American public has long supported organized labor, starting with Gallup's earliest measure, taken in 1936 at the dawn of the U.S. labor movement.
Governor Murphy signs bill concerning disqualification from unemployment benefits
This law corrects an anti-worker provision pushed by Governor Christie into a conditional veto in 2010. Unfortunately, unscrupulous employers used this broad definition of “misconduct” to deny unemployment insurance (UI) benefits to certain workers and to save themselves money by reducing their own UI contributions.
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.
N.J. flu outbreak: Worried hospitals impose visitor restrictions
(NJ.com) The surge of flu-related emergency room visits in recent weeks has hospitals taking extra precautions, including bolstering visitor restrictions on children of certain ages and those with flu-like symptoms.
State health care workers struggle with staff reductions
(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.
NURSES' 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.
Sale of Newark hospital to for-profit chain gets green light
(NJ.com) TRENTON -The Christie administration
should allow a for-profit hospital chain to buy the
bankrupt St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark,
a state panel recommended Thursday.
Newark Coalition Says it will Back Saint Michael’s sale, with conditions
(Politico.com) NEWARK -The leader of a community
coalition indicated during a public hearing Tuesday
evening that the group's support for the proposed sale
of Saint Michael's Medical Center is contingent upon...
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.
St. Michael's Hospital files for bankruptcy
(NJ.News12.com) VIDEO St. Michael's Medical Center
in Newark has announced the facility is declaring bankruptcy.
However, President David Ricci says that this is actually good
news that will keep the hospital's doors open.
St. Michael's supporters knock Christie for absence as they await decision on hospital sale
(NJ.com) Clergy members joined elected officials, community
activists and dozens of employees Thursday to urge Gov. Chris
Christie to sign off on the long-awaited sale of St. Michael's
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.
OSHA to crack down on hospitals that don't protect nurses from injury
(FierceHealthcare.com) Noncompliant hospitals will face fines up
to $70K The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA)
has announced a new initiative to drastically increase scrutiny of
injuries among hospital nursing staff.
OP-ED: SAINT MICHAEL’S EDUCATING NEXT GENERATION OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
(NJSpotlight.com) For sake of Newark community, NJ needs to
approve pending sale to private operator. The debate over the future
of Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark has, to date,
completely ignored the central role this hospital plays in medical
Newarkers rally to keep Saint Michael's, N.J. setting tone in speech rights protection
(NJ.com) More than 200 employees, physicians, patients,
community members and local officials joined several labor
unions – including JNESO, District 1199J and IUOE Local 68
- for a rally in support of Saint Michael’s Medical Center in
Newark on Wednesday.
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
Fighting to Keep Saint Michael’s Medical Center Open
(NJTVNews.com) VIDEO This time it’s religious leaders
stepping out to lend support in the fight to keep Saint
Michael’s Medical Center open in Newark. “This is a
moral issue. This is a moral issue,” said Rev. Ronald
Slaughter, senior pastor at Saint James AME Church