TRENTON, N.J. – A seemingly innocuous state law that limits the care nurses can provide at dialysis clinics is not improving outcomes for patients, according to recent reports. Today, Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced new legislation to repeal the law and allow nurses serving in administrative capacities to also provide care to patients undergoing dialysis.
“With more residents suffering from diabetes, we have more patients undergoing dialysis for kidney failure. We shouldn’t be limiting the care that these nurses can provide to patients in need,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “The current law is not improving health outcomes for patients and is driving up costs at clinics. If less clinics are able to operate because of costs, there will be less available care for patients. I want to lessen these burdensome regulations and allow nurses to do their jobs.”
In 2005, New Jersey enacted a law preventing nurses serving as administrators at dialysis clinics from also caring for patients even if they are qualified.
According to the Department of Health, nearly 2,000 New Jersey deaths each year are due to diabetes. Approximately 640,000 adults have diabetes statewide. The National Kidney Foundation reports about 30 percent of patients with Type 1 (juvenile onset) diabetes and 10 to 40 percent of those with Type 2 (adult onset) diabetes eventually will suffer from kidney failure.