For Immediate Release                                                                                      Contact:  Kelly Hart

September 18, 2019                                                                                                     973-464-1047

Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths announced today that the New Jersey State Nurses Association (NJSNA) has endorsed their candidacies in the 24th Legislative District that includes all of Sussex County, 11 towns in Warren County and Mt. Olive in Morris County.

Keith Howey, RN, Esq., said that the recommendations for endorsements are made after the Association “analyzed positions and voting records of Assembly candidates and NJSNA has endorsed those candidates with a record of legislative support for nursing and increasing health care quality, accessibility, and affordability.”

Space and Wirths cosponsored legislation supported by the NJSNA for New Jersey to enter into the multistate Nurse Licensure Compact (S954) and permit health care professionals to waive health insurance copayments for members of military on active duty and their family members (S2968).

S954 was a priority for the NJSNA.  New Jersey became the 34th State to join the compact, allowing nurses licensed in New Jersey to practice in other those other States and vice versa.

“Our health care system received a shot in the arm when New Jersey entered the multi-state compact,” said NJSNA CEO Judy Schmidt, MSN, RN, CCRN. “It will make it easier for more nurses to relocate here and help us with the pending shortage.” projects New Jersey to have the third worst nursing shortage in the nation by 2030, falling 11,400 nurses short of demand.

Space and Wirths thanked the health care professionals who are members of the NJSNA for their support.

“Hal and I appreciate their endorsement and we look forward to continuing to work together to support the profession,” Space said.

“Members of the nursing profession are on the front lines of providing quality health care to the public,” Wirths stated.  “Parker and I appreciate the support of the members of the NJ Nurses Association.”


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