Phone: 505-466-7059 or 505-231-2543legislation@patientsafestaffing.org
 

IMPORTAN UPDATE: Patient Safe Staffing Bill Confirmed for Tuesday Hearing.

Important Senate Hearing on Patient Safe Staffing on next Tuesday (March 5, 2019) afternoon.

 

UPDATE: SB 670 – The Patient Safe Staffing Act of 2019 (click here for link to copy of SB 670) – will have a hearing before the Senate Public Affairs Committee.

 

This important legislation will provide nurses and other direct care givers to have more of a say in the staffing decisions made at New Mexico hospitals.

 

You can read a copy of the bill by clicking here.

 

Click here for Safe Staffing Literature Review from the American Nurses Association (ANA).

 

What you can do to help pass this important law for New Mexico:

 

Time is of the essence, so anyone who can show up that day and offer support should mark their calendars and check back here later today or tomorrow for confirmation on day and time.

 

The coalition is working with District 1199 NM of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees to help nurses and other hospital workers reach their legislators and if possible attend the hearings on this important bill.  

 

Call the either the Albuquerque office (505) 884-7713 or the Santa Fe office (505) 780-8272 of District 1199 NM office and let us know you want to join us at the Roundhouse on Tuesday.

 

If you cannot attend because of work, please click the link below that will help you find your State Senator’s and State Representative’s email and phone number by inserting your address, and then send a message that you are a nurse or healthcare employee who wants them to vote for SB 670, the Patient Safe Staffing Act. 

 

Find your State Senator’s and State Representative’s by clicking here and follow the prompts.

 

You can also go to The Patient Safe Staffing Coalition website for more updates by clicking here.

 

Stay Tuned!

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UPDATE: SB 670, The Patient Safe Staffing Act, likely to be heard in Senate Committee, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

UPDATE: It’s not official yet (as it has not been posted on the New Mexico Legislative website), but Sharon Argenbright, MSN, RN, and President of District 1199 NM of the National Union of Hospital and Healthcare Employees was told that Senator Lopez’s SB 670 – The Patient Safe Staffing Act of 2019 (click here for link to copy of SB 670) – will have a hearing before the Senate Public Affairs Committee on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

 

Time is of the essence, so anyone who can show up that day and offer support should mark their calendars and check back here later today or tomorrow for confirmation on day and time.

 

While the session is closing in on the last two weeks, there is still more than enough time to make this bill a law, if legislators will DO THE RIGHT THING – we all just need to remind legislators that Nurses advocate for their patients and community, and the public trusts us more than any other profession (84% of America trust nurses).

 

Stay Tuned!

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A New and Improved Patient Safe Staffing Bill Has Been Filed in The New Mexico Senate.

A New and Improved Patient Safe Staffing Bill Has Been Filed in The New Mexico Senate

 

Late on Wednesday, February 21, 2019, Senator Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) filed another version of the Patient Safe Staffing Act.

 

Click here for a link to the new bill.

 

The new bill is like the House Bill, but with more guarantees that a hospital would be required to implement the staffing plans developed by nurses on the staffing committees at hospitals.

 

The bill also provides for the selection of members of the nurse staffing committees who are direct care nurses, and would comprise 60% of the membership of the staffing committees, to be done by the employee organization representing nurses at hospitals where there is an employee representative organization, and where there is not the hospital would be required to allow for the election of those direct care members of the staffing committees by direct care nurses and NOT by management.

 

Records of the staffing plan development would be required to be kept for a minimum of ten years, therefore allowing for better accountability and for research on how staffing plans are developed and evolve.

 

More to come on this bill.

 

It is expected to be heard in the Senate soon, by both the Senate Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), and if moved from that committee it would proceed to the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC).

 

We will keep you posted. Please call your Senator, Representative, AND The Governor and tell them you want SB 670, the Patient Safe Staffing Act of 2019 passed into law before March 16, 2019.

 

Here is a link to find out who your State Senator and State Representative are, along with phone numbers and email addresses:  

 

Click here to Find Who Your Senator and State Representative are.

 

Also, here is the phone number and email address to contact New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:  

 

Phone: (505) 476-2200  

 

Send the Governor an email by clicking here 

 

 

 

 

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