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

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Proclamation of New Mexico Nurses Week 2019

Proclamation of New Mexico Governor Michell Lujan Grisham Celebrating New Mexico Nurses Week 2019: 

 

Whereas, registered nurses in New Mexico represent the state’s largest group of health care providers; there are more than twenty thousand (20,000) nurses licensed by the state of New Mexico, and

Whereas, the wide range of disciplines of the registered nurses in New Mexico meet the diverse and evolving health care needs of New Mexico residents, and

Whereas, many times dedicated nurses are the key healthcare providers for residents who live in rural New Mexico, and

Whereas, nurses in New Mexico, in their roles as advocates, continue to fight for safer and better staffing at hospitals and clinics throughout New Mexico, and

Whereas, the role of the professional nurse is a vital component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients, and 

Whereas, the role of the professional nurse is a vital component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients, and 

Whereas, the demand for nurses will be greater than ever because due to an aging New Mexico population, and

Whereas, more and more well educated and trained registered nurses will be needed to meet the increasing complexity of caregiving in New Mexico, and 

Whereas, nurses represent the most trusted profession in New Mexico, and throughout the United States,

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michelle Lujan Grisham, Governor of the State of New Mexico, do hereby proclaim May 6th through May 12th, 2019 as:

“New Mexico’s Nurses’ Week.”

Throughout the State of New Mexico.

Witness my hand and The Great Seal of the State of New Mexico.

Michelle Lujan Grisham

Governor 

 

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Governor Lujan Grisham To Meet Nurses May 10th

The Patient Safe Staffing Coalition is pleased to announce to all

Nurses of New Mexico,

You are Invited to Meet New Mexico

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

On Friday, May 10th

at Her Office in the Roundhouse in Recognition of
New Mexico Nurses Week
May 6th through May 12th

 

Join Governor Lujan Grisham as she welcomes Nurses from all of New Mexico for a Special Gathering at the Governor’s Office on the fourth floor of 

The New Mexico Roundhouse on May 10th,  at 11:15 AM.

 

The Governor wrote in her Proclamation for Nurses Week:

 

WHEREAS, registered nurses in New Mexico represent the state’s largest group of health care providers; there are more than twenty thousand (20,000) nurses licensed by the state of New Mexico; and

WHEREAS, the wide range of disciplines of registered nurses in New Mexico meet the diverse and evolving health care needs of New Mexico residents; and

WHEREAS, many times dedicated nurses, are the key healthcare providers for residents who live in rural New Mexico…

 

We will be gathering at the Roundhouse East Entrance at 10:45 AM.

 

Please make time on your Calendar.

 

For more information regarding this Special Recognition Day

Email the Patient Safe Staffing Coalition:

legislation@patientsafestaffing.org

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Sign the MoveOn Petition of New Mexico Nurses and Patients and Families for Safe Staffing at New Mexico Hospitals.

There is a MoveOn petition from New Mexico Nurses and Patients and their Families to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, the House of Representatives and the Senate of New Mexico asking them to pass SB 670 – The Patient Safe Staffing Act of 2019.

 

Sign the MoveOn petition for New Mexico SB 670 for Safe Staffing Committees for Nurses at Hospitals by clicking here.

 

There is also a hearing on SB 670- The Patient Safe Staffing Act of 2019, set for Tuesday afternoon (March 5, 2019), although the time has not been officially posted yet.

 

Check back here for more information … we will post the time and other pertinent information as soon as it is available, along with parking places, etc.  

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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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Legislative Committee To Be Asked to Sponsor Patient Safe Staffing Bill – November 9, 2018.

WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2018 (Tentatively at 10:30 AM)
WHERE: State Capitol, Room 322 Santa Fe

The New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHS) is meeting next week on Thursday and Friday (November 8th and 9th). It is expected that committee members will decide what legislation the committee will endorse and theoretically fight for during the 2019 legislative session.

 

There is a chance that the Patient Safe Staffing bill could be one of those measures endorsed by the LHHS committee if there are a lot of nurses and supporters who show up for the meeting.

 

At this time the tentative agenda lists Friday at about 10:30 AM as when the committee will review and vote on the legislation they might support.

 

Patient Safe Staffing Coalition members will be prepared to make an additional presentation and/or answer legislators’ questions about the Patient Safe Staffing bill it has drafted for the 2019 Legislative Session.

 

This is an Important Meeting.

 

The Public is invited to attend the meeting on Friday, and there is also a chance for people to make their support known for better nurse staffing at New Mexico hospitals to the legislators at this hearing.

 

Therefore, the Patient Safe Staffing Coalition of New Mexico is inviting all nurses and supporters of the Patient Safe Staffing bill, who are not working next Friday, November 9, 2018, to come to the state capitol meeting and show support for improved staffing levels at all New Mexico hospitals.

 

For those who can attend there is parking across the street from the Roundhouse, which is located at the corner of Paseo De Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail.

 

The physical address for those using GPS mapping for driving is: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

 

You can also park in the state parking garage behind the Roundhouse (actually the West side of the Roundhouse). The entrance to the parking garage is on Galisteo Street.

 

And it is a short walk to the Roundhouse for those who might want to take the train. The train schedule can be access by clicking here.

 

Click here for a link to the tentative agenda (see page two of the agenda) the Legislature has currently posted for the meeting.

Click here for a link to the Patient Safe Staffing Coalition website.

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New Mexico Patient Safe Staffing Bill Modeled After Congressional Bill Supported by the American Nurses Association.

 

For several years nurses supporting safer staffing levels for patients at New Mexico hospitals have filed legislation based on the same concepts included in legislation the American Nurses Association (ANA) has supported in Washington.

 

The Patient Safe Staffing Act, which will be filed for the January through March (60-day) New Mexico State Legislative Session, also reflects the ANA supported measure currently before the United States Congress.

 

In a press statement in February of 2018, The American Nurses Association applauded the introduction of The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018 in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, writing “The legislation requires Medicare-participating hospitals to form committees, comprised of at least 55 percent direct care nurses, to create and implement unit specific nurse-to-patient ratio staffing plans. This staffing approach will benefit patients, registered nurses (RNs) and hospitals by decreasing adverse health events, nurse turnover, and costly hospital readmissions.”

 

The New Mexico version Patient Safe Staffing Act would also establish staffing committees at hospitals (comprised of a majority of direct care nurses) which ” … would specify the minimum number of nurses and ancillary staff required for each shift on the unit based upon the level of intensity of care required by patients and the variability in the number of admissions, discharges and transfers under existing conditions … “

 

The president of the ANA has been clear in public statements that safe staffing is a primary building block for sound patient care.

 

ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN.

“RN staffing makes a critical difference for patients and the quality of their care,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, in the ANA’s February press release.

 

“Appropriate nurse staffing keeps patients safe and protects them from preventable complications, even lowering the risk of death. Nursing care is like medication—we would never withhold a medication when we know its lifesaving effects. The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act empowers direct care nurses to determine the unique and variable needs of their patients to ensure the safety and quality outcomes of care,”  Cipriano went on to state. 

 

The following is also from the February ANA press release issued about the national bill:

 

“Research has shown that adding RNs to unit staffing decisions can reduce the length of stay for hospital patients as well as the risk of adverse events, such as falls, injuries, infections and bleeding. Increasing the number of RNs can yield a cost savings of nearly $3 billion – the result of more than 4 million avoided extra hospital stays for adverse events – and lower costs from hospital readmissions.

 

“The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018 not only considers the complexity and stability of patients, but also nurse experience, available technology, resources and unit workflow such as numbers of admission, discharges and transfers. To date, seven states have enacted safe staffing legislation using the committee approach: Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.

 

“Addressing nurse staffing is a top priority for ANA. In addition to advocating for legislation at the state and federal levels, ANA leads multiple initiatives to achieve safe, appropriate nurse-to-patient staffing in all health care settings. This work underscores the importance of evidence-based staffing decisions, driven by nurses who understand the dynamic nature of patient care.”

 

If you are a nurse you know too well that we have waited too long to get this important legislation passed.

 

Join us by clicking on the button … Join The Patient Safe Staffing Coaltion 

 

Click here for a link to the draft copy of the New Mexico Patient Safe Staffing Act of 2019.

Click here for a link to Congressional Bill: The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018 – S. 2446.

 

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Important Legislative Hearing on Issues Affecting Nurses

Important Legislative Hearing on Issues Affecting Nurses 

 

New Mexico Roundhouse. West Entrance.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
WHERE: State Capitol, Room 322 Santa Fe

The New Mexico Legislative Health and Human Services Committee is meeting next week and dedicating all of Tuesday’s agenda to matters affecting the profession of nursing.

 

Patient Safe Staffing Coalition members will make a presentation about the legislation it is drafting for the 2019 Legislative Session scheduled to be held shortly after lunch (tentatively at 2:30 PM, although it could be a little earlier or later), under a legislative agenda item entitled:

 

Nurse Staffing Levels. 

 

This is an Important Meeting.

 

And the Public is invited to offer comments, or just as important, observe and show support for better nurse staffing at New Mexico hospitals to the legislators at this hearing.

 

Therefore, the Patient Safe Staffing Coalition of New Mexico is inviting all nurses and supporters of the Patient Safe Staffing bill, who are not working Tuesday, to come to the state capitol meeting and show support for improved staffing levels at all New Mexico hospitals.

 

For those who can attend there is parking across the street from the Roundhouse, which is located at the corner of Paseo De Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail.

 

The physical address for those using GPS mapping for driving is: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501.

 

You can also park in the state parking garage behind the Roundhouse (actually the West side of the Roundhouse). The entrance to the parking garage is on Galisteo Street.

 

And it is a short walk to the Roundhouse for those who might want to take the train. The train schedule can be access by clicking here.

There are some other interesting matters being discussed and reviewed by legislators, along with presentations about:

The Safe Harbor for Nurses Task Force Report

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Update

Nurse Staffing Levels (Our Patient Safe Staffing Bill will be discussed.)

New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium

 

Click here for a link to the agenda the Legislature has currently posted for the meeting on Tuesday.

Click here for a link to the Patient Safe Staffing Coalition website.

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