Governor Wolf Discusses Workforce Development and Safe Staffing with Pittsburgh-area Nurses

May 24, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined a group of nurses for a roundtable discussion on workforce development, nursing careers and safe staffing ratios. The event was held at Community College of Allegheny County.

“Nursing careers can be incredibly rewarding and caring for people is a job that requires a mix of toughness and love,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want to ensure that our nurses are supported in their careers so that they find fulfillment and so patients receive the most appropriate levels of care across the commonwealth.”

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Center for Workforce Information and Analysis, there are more than 250,000 nurses in Pennsylvania, the largest single group of health care workers in the state. With an average salary for registered nurses at more than $69,000 and licensed practical nurses at just over $47,000, nursing can be rewarding both professionally and personally.

The governor was joined by nurses from Washington and Beaver counties, Pittsburgh and Erie. Participants shared stories about their careers and expressed concerns on safe staff-to-patient ratios, an issue the governor supports.

“We must ensure that patients are receiving the level of care their conditions require for the best care outcomes,” Gov. Wolf said. “We need to support our nurses, too, by making sure these ratios allow them to provide the best possible care without sacrificing their own health and well-being.”

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