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Many states including NJ have started and have been for many years proposing safe staffing legislation that would mandate nursing/pt ratios for RNs and Nursing aides especially in LTC facilities.   Why are nurses afraid speak up and push for this???

In NJ currently the NJ A1470 and NJ S 989 establish minimum RN staffing standards for hospitals, ambulatory surgery and certain DHS facilities

A 382 is for minimum nurse aide ratios in nursing homes.

Lee

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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For every ONE nurse that stands up, there are 5 nurses on staff who need the money and have to be there to earn it. All that happens if that one nurse stands up is they assign the patients she refused to take care of to the other nurses. Then, they enjoy a 1:7 ratio for the day, instead of 1:6.

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0.9%NormalSarah is a ADN, RN and works as a MICU RN.

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2 hours ago, Persephone Paige said:

For every ONE nurse that stands up, there are 5 nurses on staff who need the money and have to be there to earn it. All that happens if that one nurse stands up is they assign the patients she refused to take care of to the other nurses. Then, they enjoy a 1:7 ratio for the day, instead of 1:6.

Persephone, have you really seen it go down that way? That is terrifying! I am in California with mandates nurse-patient ratios. It sounds crazy to me when nurses say they have so many patients since I’ve only been trained with mandated ratios.

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Persephone Paige has 15 years experience as a ADN and works as a Med-Surg.

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5 hours ago, 0.9%NormalSarah said:

Persephone, have you really seen it go down that way? That is terrifying! I am in California with mandates nurse-patient ratios. It sounds crazy to me when nurses say they have so many patients since I’ve only been trained with mandated ratios.

I've never seen anyone walk out due to non safe ratios, I've seen call-ins that have left the nurses caring for 1:7. Nobody walks out, they just take the extra patient because they need to work. I've never seen it go above 1:7 though. That's still a lot, especially since many are on Tele.

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I wonder about this too. Ive read that nurses are the largest group of healthcare providers, but we seem to have limited power. Is it because it is a women dominated profession? Is it a lack of unity? Do we think we have to suffer/"pay dues" to be "real" nurses? Is it because we just wanna keep our heads down and work? I just dont know. 

I'm leaving a job with unsafe ratios. I will be leaving my coworkers behind, and i am sad for them. It will be even more unsafe until they find another body to plug the hole.

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