JNESO nurses at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark became the first in the state to ratify a contract that guarantees safe staffing ratios and prohibits shift cancelations. Both of these provisions are essential to patient safety and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of care.
The agreed to staff ratio will be a minimum of one nurse for every five patients on a unit. By contrast, there are certain medical units in the state where one nurse is responsible for nine patients – a proportion that is deemed unsafe for patients and by medical professionals alike. Achieving a contract that provides for safe staffing ratios speaks to the professionalism and dedication of the union nurses at Saint Michaels.