Healthwire, Fall 2014

Feature Story

Making the Case for Better Staffing

LAST MARCH, between shifts as a registered nurse in the psychiatric crisis unit at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, N.J., Marty Marino met with state lawmakers in an effort to persuade them to support a bill that would provide safe staffing in New Jersey hospitals. Marino wasn’t alone. He was joined by members of his union, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, who shared his passion for getting the legislation passed.

 “Safe staffing is about helping patients,” says Marino. “It’s not about creating less work for nurses and health professionals. We can’t be in two places at once; if we want to improve the quality of patient care, it requires more nurses and ancillary staff. That’s the message we tried to get across.” Read more.

 

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