For 17 years NJ Legislators have allowed 12 patient safety bills that would have protected patients from harm, to die. The corporate healthcare system has failed to provide adequate staffing throughout our states’ nursing homes, psychiatric facilities and hospitals. Recently parents who had children at the Wanaque Center spoke out about understaffing and the treatment of their children, this should have catapulted our legislators into action. Understaffing of nurses in hospitals leads to missed care and is related to the 3rd leading cause of death in America, avoidable medical errors. The legislative bills that were introduced last year Assembly Bill 1470, Assembly Bill 382 and Senate Bill 989 would require that facilitates have adequate staffing through a minimal number of nurses or nursing assistance to patient ratio. The hospital bills A1470 and S989 focus on nurses while the nursing home bill focuses on nursing aids. This legislation is badly needed. California enacted this style of nurse to patient ratios in 2004. They saw improved patient outcomes and the cost of care was reduced. In 2015 every NJ hospital was penalized by Medicare through reimbursements, because of poor care that lead to readmissions of patients within 30 days. New Jersey was also ranked the 5th most expensive in hospital care. Nurses who work with patients at the bedside believe this legislation will save lives. Please join us in Trenton on March 7th and demand that all patients be safe!
Event date 7 Mar '19 - 09:00 am
Event location New Jersey State House • 125 W State St, Trenton, 08608, NJ, United States