NEW YORK NURSE: July/August 2011
by Erin Silk
Although the 2010-11 legislative session was a challenging one for nursing, there was progress as important legislation moved in both houses and the threatened suspension of the Disclosure Law was avoided.
In a major lobbying effort lasting several weeks, NYSNA successfully opposed the suspension of the Nursing Care Quality Protection Act (Disclosure). New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed suspending the law as part of a package of spending cuts, but this proposal would not have saved the state money and would have robbed the public of access to critical quality health indicators. The Nursing Care Quality Protection Act (Public Health Law 2805t) requires hospitals, nursing homes and diagnostic and treatment centers to disclose specific information concerning nursing quality indicators, staffing and complaints made against the facility.
“We are pleased that the legislature recognized that patients must continue to have access to the information that influences their care,” said Shaun Flynn, NYSNA’s director of Governmental Affairs.
The following priorities saw movement in the legislature and are still in play for the upcoming session: