Legislators urge Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act

Last week, the Rockland County Legislature voted 15-0 to urge state Legislators to pass the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act affecting hospitals and nursing homes. Carol Massaro a member of the New York State Nurses’ Association, that has over 39,000 other members, addressed Legislators before the vote saying, “It is true, New York hospitals and nursing homes are facing a staffing crisis. Nurses are being forced to care for more patients, sometimes more than a dozen at one time, pushing nurses beyond their limits and putting patients at risk. We are stretched thin.”  Legislator Aney Paul, a nurse for over 30 years said, “Nurses are on the front line when it comes to providing quality care. If there are more nurses, there is a better outcome for patients and the facility.” The odds of patient death increase 7 percent when a nurse is caring for too many patients at one time. The remaining 14 Legislators attended and co-sponsored the resolution. Rockland County Legislator Alden H. Wolfe said, “You can’t expect the best possible outcome unless you provide the best possible staffing conditions. This proposed law would help remedy the problem.”

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