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Nurses Unions, Patient Rights Groups And Lawmakers Representing Tens Of Thousands Of New Yorkers Call On The New York State Senate To Pass The Safe Staffing For Quality Care Act

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Jun 15, 2016, 15:02 ET

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New York Campaign for Patient Safety

Nurses Unions, Patient Rights Groups And Lawmakers Representing Tens Of Thousands Of New Yorkers Call On The New York State Senate To Pass The Safe Staffing For Quality Care Act

     New York State Assembly Passes The Bill With Historic Tuesday Night VoteSupport Continues To Grow Across The State

     As A Senate Vote Comes Down To The Wire

     ALBANY, N.Y., June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One day after the New York State Assembly passed the Safe

     staffing for Quality Care Act, and with petitions signed by over 30,000 New Yorkers, unions that represent nurses and healthcare

     workers and Patient Rights Groups representing tens of thousands of New Yorkers from across the state stood in front

     of the State Senate doors in Albany calling on Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and the New York State Senate to take

     action on the Safe Staffing bill.  The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act is a bipartisan bill in the State Legislature with wide

     support that calls on hospitals to maintain a responsible number of nurses to patients. Thirty-three members of the State

     Senate are now sponsors. 

Joined by State Representatives, Unions and Patient Rights Groups demanded the State Senate bring the bill to a floor vote before the legislative session ends on Thursday. Advocates marched over to the office of Senate Majority Leader Flanagan and delivered petition signatures from thousands of New Yorkers who support the safe staffing bill.

New York is facing a staffing crisis in hospitals across the state. Nurses are being forced to care for more patients by hospital administrators who are pushing nurses and patients to the limit. In fact, most New Yorkers are unaware that there isn't a law that currently exists that places a limit to how many patients one nurse can care for at one time.

In some cases, nurses in New York are being forced to handle over a dozen patients at one time. When that happens, patients suffer. Studies show the risk of patient death increases by 7% for each new patient a nurse must care for.

The legislation will save lives by ensuring that there are an adequate number of nurses at the bedside of patients inside New York hospitals. Among other things, this legislation will:

  • Establish safe nurse-to-patient ratios for nurses in units at all New York hospitals.
  • Require hospitals to staff units using nurses that are trained for care in that unit. For example, nurses in the ER should be trained in ER care.
  • Require hospitals to be more transparent about their staffing levels.
  • Set a maximum number of patients a nurse is responsible for at any given time. 

Support for the Safe Staffing Legislation has never been stronger or louder.

"I support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act because I know how important it is for New Yorkers to receive the best care possible when they visit the hospital. Right now, nurses are being forced to take care of up to a dozen patients at one time. When this happens, both patients and nurses suffer. It is our job as legislators to protect New Yorkers, and this bill takes the necessary steps in making sure our hospitals are as safe as they can be for both patients and nurses," said Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson.

"Safe Staffing is likely one of the most common-sense measures before the legislature. It stands to reason, that the more patients nurses have to take on, their ability to devote the time and attention needed to guarantee the best care possible diminishes. The quality of healthcare in New York is largely determined by the quality of its nurses. Anything that hinders their ability to wholly devote themselves to the welfare of those in their care is a hindrance we are obligated to address. It's time to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act," said Senator Martin Malavé Dilan.   

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