Nursing Home Safe Staffing Bill Passes in NY

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"State Nurses Association Hails Assembly Passage

of Nursing Home Staffing Bill

Albany, N.Y.- The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) applauded today's passage of nursing home staffing legislation (A4171-A) by the New York State Assembly and urged similar action in the State Senate (S2185).......

NYSNA, with more than 33,000 registered nurse members, has been a strong advocate for safe staffing in all healthcare facilities. The staffing guidelines, submitted by NYSNA and outlined in this bill are urgently needed to ensure quality care in nursing homes. Improved staffing, better working conditions, and better pay also will encourage nurses to practice in long-term care.........

The bill approved by the Assembly requires that:

***every nursing home have an RN supervisor on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also provides minimum requirements for staffing of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurses aides.***

These levels are consistent with recommendations by the Nursing Home Community Coalition........

NYSNA is pleased that this bill also requires:

*** disclosure of data related to quality of care, such as rates of medication errors, resident injuries, pressure ulcers, and infections.***

Residents and their families must have easy access to such information so they can make informed judgments about their nursing home care............

With more than 33,000 members, NYSNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in New York state and is one of the largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation. A multi-purpose organization, NYSNA fosters high standards for nursing education and practice and works to advance the profession through legislative activity. For more information, call Mark Genovese at NYSNA 1-800-724-NYRN "

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