<Albany, N.Y., March 10, 2003-More than 300 Registered Nurses, members of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), converged on Albany today to lobby for patient safety in hospitals and nursing homes. They called on the Legislature to ensure quality patient care .....>
Pro-active nurses do make the difference.
Here's the update following that RN lobbying event at our state capitol:
For Immediate Release
Assembly Labor Committee Approves Bills to Improve Safety for Patients and Nurses
Albany, NY, March 14, 2003
-A landmark bill that would prohibit employers from forcing nurses to work overtime has been voted in from the New York State Assembly Labor Committee.
The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) drafted
the legislation and has lobbied aggressively for its passage.
Registered Nurses who routinely are mandated to work beyond their regularly scheduled shifts are physically less able to provide the care their patients need and deserve. Unpredictable working hours are also a primary reason nurses are leaving the profession, contributing to the current shortage of nurses.
The Labor Committee also listened to nurses' concerns about healthcare workplace safety, voting favorably on a bill that would require businesses with 50 or more employees to develop and implement plans to prevent workplace violence.
"We purposely acted on these bills when more than 300 NYSNA members were at the State Capitol to share their concerns with us," said Committee Chair Susan John (D-Rochester), who sponsored the workplace safety bill.
"Statistics show that nurses are more likely than other professionals
to experience violence in the workplace. They must
be assured that systems are in place to protect them."
Assemblymember Catherine Nolan (D-Queens), who sponsored the bill to ban mandatory overtime, stressed its importance to patient safety. "Except in the case of a clearly defined emergency, nurses should have the right to refuse overtime when, in their professional judgment, they are too tired to practice safely. The state must stand behind them
Both measures were then sent to the Assembly Codes Committee for further consideration.
More to come.
The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), with more than 34,000 members, is New York's largest union and professional association for Registered Nurses. NYSNA is the only organization that exclusively represents the interests of New York State's RNs, and is recognized nationwide as a trendsetter in improving RNs' wages and working conditions. NYSNA works to advance the nursing profession through collective bargaining and legislative activities, and fosters high standards of nursing education and practice. It is a constituent of the American Nurses Association and its labor arm, the United American Nurses, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.
Contact: Nancy Webber: 518.782.9400, ext. 223