The New York State Nurses Association announced its endorsement of Senator David Carlucci for the 38th State Senate District. Members of the New York State Nurses Association gathered in front of Nyack Hospital with Carlucci on Thursday..
The New York State Nurses Association is the voice for nursing in the Empire State. With more than 37,000 members, it is the state's largest professional association and union for registered nurses. It supports nurses and nursing practice through education, research, legislative advocacy, and collective bargaining.
"We look forward to David Carlucci's advocacy for safe staffing levels for patients in every hospital across the state and for nurses who play a key role in delivering quality care," said Nancy Kaleda, the union's deputy director.
"I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Nurses Association," said Carlucci. "The association has done an excellent job in working to ensure that nurses can provide New Yorkers with quality health care. i look forward to continueing to work with NYSNA as we take on New York's health care challenges."
Nurses legislative priorities:
4 degree for RNs
S.2553-A (Alesi)/A.1977 (Morelle)- Senator co-sponsored. The bill did not move.
This bill would require that registered nurses to attain a baccalaureate degree within 10 years of their initial license. This bill will help to ensure that nurses receive the utmost education that will help them to be responsive to the ever changing complex health care system in New York State. This bill will help ensure that New Yorkers are receiving the highest quality of care.
Safe Patient Handling
S.7735-A(Maziarz)/S.10715-A (Gunther) and S.2470-C (Maziarz)/A.1370-C (Lancman)
The Senator co-sponsored S.2470-C, which passed the Assembly. S.7735-C passed the Senate.
- usually when a bill gets amended to a C print the sponsor will choose to introduce a whole new bill rather than have it show up as a D or E print which is probably why there are two bills here
This bill would create a safe patient handling policy for all health care facilities in New York State. The bill would require DOH to create rules and regulations to implement a safe patient handling policy and for all healthcare facilities to file a plan for compliance. This will ensure that these facilities are using the latest technology and methods to help with patient movement. i.e moving patients from a stretcher to a bed.
Many times during these moves a patient can become injured, by bruising, cuts or sores during the moving process. Also health care workers can also be injured during this process. Many workers injure their backs or experience muscle problems causing a nurse or health care worker to miss work days.
This bill will require there to be a safe patient handling policy that will help increase quality care for patients and reduce injures to workers.
Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act
S.4553(Hannon)/A.921 (Gottfried)- Senator co-sponsored.
This bill creates the safe staffing for quality care act and requires DOH to establish regulations for minimum staffing ratios. The bill will require hospitals to maintain and comply with a current staffing plan that details the elements of a satisfactory staffing plan and also sets forth minimum staff to patient ratios. Inadequate staffing practices jeopardize quality of care for patients. Unsafe staffing can result in medical error, patient infections and unsafe environments for healthcare staff. The goal of this bill is to ensure that acute care facilities, such as hospitals, and nursing homes operate in such a way that promotes safety and delivers the highest quality of care as well increase retention of health care workers.