Nurses across Pennsylvania are uniting to advocate for safe staffing, quality care, and a voice for nurses in the decisions about our patients and profession.

Our experience as frontline nurses, before and since the pandemic, teaches us that our laws and lawmakers have a great impact on the health of our patients and on the kind of care we deliver. And right now, too many of them aren’t with us. Though we didn’t train to be advocates in politics, we know that patient advocacy means speaking up everywhere decisions about healthcare and nursing are being made.

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Our Fight for Safe Staffing in Pennsylvania

Safe Staffing in Pennsylvania’s Hospitals

Hospital care is in crisis. With fewer nurses, less ancillary staff, more patients, sicker patients, more paperwork, and record-high levels of burnout and turnover – now more than ever, it is nearly impossible for nurses to provide quality care. It’s not safe for our patients, and we’re not ready to risk our licenses or your loved ones’ lives any longer.

We call on legislators to recognize this crisis, co-sponsor the Patient Safety Act (HB 106 / Senate Bill 240) for safe staffing in PA’s hospitals, and to give nurses and patients the respect and safety we deserve.

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Safe Staffing in Pennsylvania’s Nursing Homes

Nursing home care is in crisis. Because of short staffing, caregivers are leaving the bedside in droves and many nursing homes are struggling to recruit and retain new employees. We are working double shifts and our facilities rely more and more on temporary agency staff. As a result, our residents are at risk.

We call on policy-makers to:

  • Increase the State Staffing Standard (from the current 2.7) to 4.1 hours of direct care per day per resident from nurses, aides, and other staff to make sure they are getting the time, care and attention they deserve; and
  • Require Medicaid increases for nursing homes to go directly to the bedside to pay for more staff, higher wages, affordable healthcare, and training programs to recruit and retain a strong workforce.

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Nurses are united in our support for the Patient Safety Act.

COVID didn’t create this problem, it exposed a crisis that was already there.

About Nurses of Pennsylvania

Nurses of Pennsylvania is an organization of, by and for nurses focused on improving the beside care nurses provide. PA nurses work in cities and small towns, at large hospitals, in nursing homes and more – tied together by their commitment to their patients, their families and their communities. United for quality care, Nurses of Pennsylvania is focused on leading the state to a healthcare system that puts patients first.

Breaking Point: Pennsylvania’s Patient Care Crisis

We surveyed 1,000 nurses who work in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care and more — from Scranton to Erie to Pittsburgh and Philadelphia — and the results show a clear crisis in patient care with nurses spending less time at the bedside, chronic understaffing, and high turnover.

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Read the 2020 Nurse Values Survey Report