New Jersey Nurses Union, CWA Local 1091
260 South Livingston Ave. Livingston NJ 07039
p: 973-992-NJNU (6568) f: 973-992-8410
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Covid-19 Update 3-15-20

3/15/2020
Dear Members,
NJNU is in constant communication with the hospital and we are collaborating with other unions in the state that represent healthcare workers to make sure our members are protected. Things are changing hour by hour, and when members send NJNU their concerns we are addressing them with management quickly. NJNU along with the other unions had a call last week with NJ Health Commissioner and because of that call the Governor's office announced this past Friday that extra N95 masks are coming into our state from federal stockpiles as well as faceshields, which was in direct response to the collaborative union effort from the call. We have another call with the Commissioner tomorrow; we will keep you updated.
As for the RWJBH System update, those are posted daily via your rwjbh email and on The Bridge. NJNU requested that the rwjbh email be accessible from outside, they are looking into that as it needs a two identification process.
As you may know as of yesterday at 2pm, there is no visitation policy in effect. Exceptions are Peds, PICU, NICU, L & D, FCC, will have 1 visitor and end of life and critical care situations case by case. NJNU has reached out to management on how our members will handle the anticipated increased influx of phone calls about loved ones to the units. As it is a HIPPA violation to give any medical information over the phone, we are waiting for a response. NJNU also suggested to the hospital that there be a designated manager to field these calls on all shifts.
As for PPE; the hospital has N95s right now but may run out and they are on back order, although now that the governor is getting a supply, possibly that won't happen. However in the meantime the hospital is requiring fit testing for the HALYARD Duckbill masks. For those members that failed the fit testing for the N95 and need the PAPR, management is saying everyone must now be fit tested with the Duckbill masks and fail that testing before classified as PAPR users. Fit testing of these masks have begun with these areas first: ED, CCU/ICU, 5200 and floats that go to these areas. At MMCSC it should be the same units ED, CCU/ICU, 3H. We have asked for the schedule for fit testing and for more sessions to accomodate the night shift. They will be there for that around 6pm and 7am, but we are still asking for more sessions and when we get the schedule we will share it with our members.
Many of our members want to know if our members in general will be tested even if not directly exposed to a patient that is positive for the virus. As of right now no but that may change as things progress, this may go on for awhile and things will change on a daily basis. If you have symptoms or are sick please stay home, we have made it clear to management we don't want our members coming to work for fear of any disicplinary actions.
As of yesterday, there has not been a positive case at SBMC or MMCSC yet, some test results are pending though for some patients.
If you have a spouse that is military and is going to be deployed and this causes child or adult care issues, you can apply for a military LOA, it would be the same application source as if applying for FMLA. If you do not have the hours required (1250 hours past 12months FMLA, 1000 hours past 12 months for FLA) than you can apply for a personal LOA for 30 days. You can call HR with any questions on this.
Finally as NJNU is updated we will pass the information on to our members. Our main concern is safety and protection our members. We have been addressing specific issues with management so we encourage you to email NJNU at njnuemail@njnu.org or call the office at 973-992-6568, or call your delegates or officers with questions/concerns. We will get through this together, please take care of yourselves and your families.
NJNU