Mobilizing for Safer Care in New Jersey
The New Jersey Nurses Union (NJNU), was created by working nurses at Saint Barnabas Medical Center who desired strong representation in all areas of professional concern. Since its inception in 1991, NJNU has proven effective in negotiating their contracts as well as making certain the terms and conditions are upheld. Read More
Maria Refinski, NJNU President
New Jersey Nurses News
This is a page created for our members to interact about staffing issues on their respective units. Your Staffing Committee will also be posting responses to your staffing report forms that have been addressed. Please utilize this page and let your voices be heard!
NJNU Staffing Committee
We have attached Ebola fact sheets for you our members. NJNU has reached out to the facilities it represents to meet and discuss this and safety issues. Please contact NJNU with any concerns you may have also. We will keep you updated as we find out more information also.
LIVINGSTON — Sicker patients, more blood to draw, piles of paperwork and hours-long backlogs at the emergency department brought unionized nurses of Saint Barnabas Medical Center out to rally in front of the Livingston hospital Tuesday. To read this article, click here
NJNU continues to focus on the impact of adequate nurse staffing on patient outcomes and the various factors that can affect safe staffing. Unfortunately, the employer continues to focus on the corporate end of the healthcare industry, thus forcing our nurses to protect themselves and their patients. While there may be issues that are unique to your unit, there are still a few things that are important for every nurse to know in order to protect their license, as follows:
- Please do not sign that you fully understand something if you are unsure.
- If you find yourself in a situation that you feel is not safe for your patient or your license, please notify your supervisor as such. If they are hesitant to respond then, endorse the liability of that patient to your supervisor.
- Try to take your breaks or your lunch, it is not enough to get paid for the time. Everyone needs a mental health break. When a nurse takes their break or lunch, it forces management to address the staffing situation because they are forced to provide coverage.
To report a short staffing incident, click here.
To file an incident report, click here.
There have been many staffing issues at MMCSC/BHBHC which NJNU is in the process of investigating. We are asking that each of our members continue to report every incident that they feel places their license in jeopardy or comprises your ability to provide quality level care to your patients. In addition, we are in the process of populating a committee dedicated to addressing the staffing issues that are unique to your facility. If you would like more information, please click here.
The SBMC Joint Labor/Management Staffing Committee is currently underway. NJNU holds meetings monthly in our office so that members can discuss the many staffing issues that plague their units. The NJNU Staffing committee members determine which issues they would like to address in the joint meetings with management and sends their recommendations with the four members of the Joint Staffing Committee, which meets the second Tuesday of the month.
Every month the NJNU Staffing Committee will provide updates as to status of the many issues on our staffing agenda. The goal is to ensure the safety of the patients as well as protect the licenses of our members, all while providing quality care to our patients.
To date, the committee has begun the arduous process of implementing the new acuity system called "Opti-Link". We feel confident that this is a very important first step to addressing the staffing crisis at SBMC. In addition, there have been many issues brought to our attention by our membership. We will try to address every issue, however if there is something of an urgent nature, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 973-992-6568. Any member can be part of this committee, and we encourage you to become involved, together we can find solutions.