NYS legislature takes up nursing home, hospital staffing bills

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The New York State legislature took up legislation Tuesday aimed at boosting staffing in nursing homes and hospitals. 

“I know that we are doing the right thing for not only nurses across New York State, but also for the patients we care so dearly about,” said Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, who is sponsoring legislation that would set nursing home staffing levels and create clinical staffing committees at hospitals.

Nurses from across the state say while the pandemic has highlighted the issue, they’ve been pushing for safe staffing for years.

“We have to stop skipping our breaks and lunches and staying after without pay and not telling anyone what’s happening,” said RN and CWA member Sarah Buckley.

The first piece of legislation calls for hospitals to create clinical staffing committees to come up with staffing plans. The committees must include front-line workers like nurses as well as general hospital administration staff. The other piece of legislation sets a standard of 3.5 hours of care per patient per day at nursing homes.

But, the nursing home staffing proposition has been criticized by the New York State Health Facilities Association. In a statement, President and CEO Stephen Hanse said, “We oppose this one-size-fits-all legislation because it ignores the fact that New York does not have enough qualified workers to meet the mandate and it fails to provide enough funding to pay for the costs of the mandate.”

Through the state budget last month, lawmakers passed other nursing home legislation, including repealing an immunity measure given at the start of the pandemic and a cap on profits.

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