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Nurses push for national safe-staffing standards

U.S. Senate holds hearing in New Jersey

Posted 11/3/23

“I’ve been in situations where I know if I had fewer patients, I might have been able to save a patient’s life. It is the worst feeling you can imagine,” Nancy Hagans, the president of National Nurses United said during a recent Senate hearing on nurse staffing shortages.

Nurses and their unions spoke about their experiences working shorthanded at the first-ever U.S. Senate hearing on safe-staffing in hospitals, which was held by the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions at Rutgers University’s Nicholas Music Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, last Friday. 

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