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  1. by   -jt
    Originally posted by natalie:

    Wow and thanks for all that info!

    heres the news articles that will give you just a sample of what we accomplished in those 2 days. We'll be doing something similar in Washington DC during Nurses Week (I think) & on June 26th......

    Press release:

    * State Assembly Reaffirms Commitment To Protecting Healthcare Whistleblowers Passes Legislation to Promote Patient Safety

    Albany, NY march 19,2001 - For the fifth consecutive year, the New York State Assembly has unanimously passed the Healthcare Whistleblower Protection Act.
    The legislation, actively promoted by the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA), would protect healthcare workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home care agencies, diagnostic and treatment centers, as well as in mental health, corrections, and education settings, from retaliatory actions by their employers when they report dangerous patient care situations to federal, state, or local agencies.
    Click here for the news release from the State Assembly:
    New York State Assembly - Press Release - 2001319xpr.html

    Assembly Budget Resolution Emphasizes Education, Health Care, Job Creation

    * Scholarship Program for Nurses Unveiled in State Senate

    ALBANY, N.Y. March 19, 2001 - In response to a proposal from the New York State Nurses Association, the New York State Senate is considering a new scholarship program designed to increase the supply of registered nurse.

    A bill introduced by Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R/C-Suffolk County), chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, would establish the Empire State Professional Nursing Scholarship Program. Under the proposal, students could apply for awards of up to $15,000 per year of study in an accredited nursing program. In return for each year of assistance, they would commit to work for 18 months in an area of the state experiencing a nursing shortage.

    The bill also provides grants of up to $250,000 for nursing schools that wish to establish or expand their RN education programs. NYSNA has emphasized the importance of providing competitive salaries for nursing faculty and more programs that are accessible to minority populations.
    Encouraging more students to enroll in nursing school is an essential step toward solving the current nursing shortage," said Phyllis Collins, RN, president of NYSNA.

    "Its vital that this be an ongoing program, so New Yorkers can be assured of quality nursing care in the coming decades.
    "The Senate bill would allocate $15 million for scholarships and $2 million for nursing school grants in the first year. It is proposed that the program be funded in the future as part of the "public goods" component of the Health Care Reform Act.

    * NY Lawmakers Move to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

    ALBANY, N.Y. March 18, 2001 There are limits to the number of consecutive hours truck drivers and airplane pilots can work. There are no such limits for nurses, although they hold patients lives in their hands every day.

    Legislation introduced this week in the New York State Legislature would prohibit healthcare employers from requiring registered nurses and licensed practical nurses to remain on duty beyond their scheduled shifts, except in emergency situations.

    Zero tolerance for mandatory overtime is part of the New York State Nurses Association program to solve the worsening nursing shortage in New York state. Mandatory overtime is often used as part of normal staffing plans, with the excuse that staffing shortages require it. Ironically, excessive work hours and forced overtime make the shortage worse by burning out experienced nurses and discouraging young people from entering the profession.

    Mandatory overtime creates an ethical, professional, and personal dilemma for nurses. When they are forced to work 16 hours a day, they put themselves and their patients at risk for error and injury. If they refuse to work the extra hours, however, they can be reported to the State Education Department on charges of patient abandonment.

    The Assembly bill (A7127) was introduced by Catherine Nolan, Kevin Cahill, Arthur Eve, and Deborah Glick, with multiple sponsors. The Senate Bill (S3515) was introduced by Thomas Morahan.