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January 31, 2016

Governor Christie – A Veto – and Why you should care about it – Updated

By | Advocacy, Health, Healthcare Policy, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

donald-trump-unloads-on-chris-christie-with-multipronged-attackLet us remember THIS if this gentleman is chosen as a Vice Presidential candidate.  How the heck could a nurse even consider supporting this person on a ballot?

There was some legislation pending in New Jersey last week that would have set ratios for CNA:Patient ratios in long term care facilities.

Vetoed by Governor Chris Christie.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, outside Washington, DC on February 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

This guy does not care about caregivers and he does not care about seniors.

Sweet, why should we care about it?

A law mandating staffing levels in NJ is exactly what was needed based on their track record.

Staffing Levels will ultimately be mandated by the states, not the federal government.  But we are going to need to get guys like this away from our staffing legislation.

This is the wording:

  1. a.  Notwithstanding any other staffing requirements as may be established by law, every nursing home as defined in section 2 of P.L.1976, c.120 (C.30:13-2) or licensed pursuant to P.L.1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) shall maintain the following minimum certified 1[nursing assistant-to-resident] nurse aide-to-resident1 ratios:

(1)  one certified 1[nursing assistant] nurse aide1 to every 1[six] eight1 residents for the day shift;

(2)  one certified 1[nursing assistant] nurse aide1 to every 1[nine] 101 residents for the evening shift; and

(3)  one certified 1[nursing assistant] nurse aide1 to every 1[14] 161 residents for the night shift.

It was a very reasonable amount of staffing for CNA’s.  CNA’s are the backbone of LTC, and overworked, underpaid, and constantly put in situations dangerous to their well-being because of poor staffing ratios.  When you have a CNA taking care of 15 people on days, it is completely impossible to get everyone up, toileted, fed, and cared for.  With these numbers as the minimum staffing, care in New Jersey would improve dramatically.  And it NEEDS to improve because NJ Nursing Homes are ranked 43/50 in the US.

chrisAnd Governor Christie said NO.

You know, Governor…. Seniors VOTE.  Nurses VOTE.  CNA’s VOTE.  These CNA’s are in a union, and while that might not fit with your political views, vetoing that bill was a completely ridiculous thing to do.

You just told NJ Residents that it was OK for their Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, and THEMSELVES to be neglected in understaffed LTC facilities.  

Seriously? And you offered no explanation.  Do you have a conflict of interest we need to know about? It is OK with you that NJ residents are warehoused in understaffed, dangerous facilities during their golden years?dignity

This is outrageous.  It is dangerous.  It will be deadly for some LTC residents in New Jersey.  It will cause debilitating physical injuries in direct caregivers who just tried to take care of their patients.

Absolutely Not. We will not stand for this.

Love,

Janie

Copy and paste this text into twitter.  Tweet everyone, and keep doing it.  Bring awareness of this problem to your circle.

This is the tweet:

NJ Gov declared that Seniors are not a priority by veto power
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