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What does this mean?
For the community, it means there is a choice. If a patient prefers a particular nurse, who perhaps has cared for him in the past, he can insist upon having that nurse render private professional care to him while in the hospital. Anyone; patients, family members, friends, etc., looking for information and/or registered nurse referrals can call A&A knowing that, because A&A is a non-profit professional nurse organization, their concerns will be addressed without the motive to exact a profit.
For hospitals, it means that by law, they MUST refer the local non-profit nurse association registry, as a cost-effective, quality alternative to the higher costs of proprietary nursing agencies. For hospitals located in northern New Jersey, that registry is the A&A Nurses Registry.
For the Registered Nurse members of A&A, it means that their primary loyalty is to their patients. Because they contract directly with the patient, they are free to adjust their care, schedule and fees to the patient's needs. A&A Member Nurses never charge fees which are higher than what is considered usual and customary within the community. This is a very different situation at a proprietary agency where the nurse works for the agency and exists primarily to produce a profit for the temp-help agency employer.