On Monday, January 24, 2005, NJ Acting Governore Cody signed the Staffing Disclosure Bill. This bill requires posting each shift of the patient census, # of RNs actually doing patient care, as well as the # of specific ancillary personel. This information must be made available to the public and must be collected and turned into the Department of Health (DOH).
Nurses from HPAE worked hard on this - as a first step toward actually obtaining good, mandated ratios. The full bill can be viewed at www.hpae.org
. Click on "Legislative Update", then click on the staffing disclosure bill.
The bill now goes to the DOH to work on rules and regulations for implementation scheduled to start in 6 months.