read the story here. More than 1,500 health care workers rally for safe nurse staffing ratios and safe patient handling
More than 1,500 health care workers from across New York packed the West Capitol Park in Albany today for a rally in support of two bills to address the patient care crisis in this state - the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (A6571/ S3691-A), which would create safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios for acute care facilities, and the Safe Patient Handling Act (A2180-A/S1123-A), which would create a statewide safe patient handling policy.
Health care workers from four unions - the New York State Nurses Association, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the New York State Public Employees Federation, and the Communications Workers of America - have formed the New York Healthcare Workers Coalition to advocate for patients with a united voice. The coalition is working to enact these two bills this year to improve quality of care for patients throughout New York.
Today, members of the New York Healthcare Workers Coalition met with more than 150 state senators and Assembly members, and asked elected leaders to support legislation for safe nurse staffing ratios and safe patient handling.
"I've been shocked to see New York emergency room nurses who are being forced to take on 15, 16, and even more patients at a time. That's not safe," said Jill Furillo, RN, executive director of the New York State Nurses Association. "In California, the law says that a hospital cannot assign more than four patients at a time to an ER nurse - and sets minimum safe staffing levels for all hospital units. There's no reason New York patients can't have that same protection. Patients and caregivers are counting on our lawmakers to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act this session."
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