Pt Ratios put on hold???

  1. I heard from a co-worker last night that California has put a hold on the patient ratios for now, which means we are back to the old days when they can give us as many pts. as they want......has anyone else heard this???

    Thanks!
    Crickett
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  3. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from nursecrickett
    I heard from a co-worker last night that California has put a hold on the patient ratios for now, which means we are back to the old days when they can give us as many pts. as they want......has anyone else heard this???

    Thanks!
    Crickett
    NO!

    It would be inwriting from the state.

    In fact one of the first things Governor Schwartzenegger did was exempt the Safe Staffing implementation from the blanket hold on recent legislation.

    Hundreds of nurses wrote, e- mailed, and phoned him. He was told how it would harm patient care in the state.
  4. by   Gomer
    I haven't seen anything in writing, but did hear on the news a couple of weeks ago that some northern Calif. hospitals have asked our new governor to hold off on the ratios. He is supposedly looking at all the new laws and regulations that the Davis administration passed in the last few months. Also heard, and this is rumor only, that Children's Hospital in SF said they wouldn't follow the new ratio guidelines and would take the fines instead....but that is only rumor.
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.calnurse.org

    New Hospital Industry Attack on Med-Surg Ratios
    What RNs Can Do to Protect Patient Safety

    A bill sponsored by the multi-billion dollar hospital industry would prohibit the state from improving minimum Med-Surg ratios to 1:5 next January.

    AB 2963 says the ratios may not take effect
    unless the state can verify an impossible set of requirements concerning the "supply" of nurses, based on hospital industry data projections, costs and "measurable" patient outcomes that can only be determined by data the hospitals call "proprietary" and
    have always refused to provide.
    Make Your Voice Heard

    AB 2963 will be debated soon in the Assembly Health Committee. Please contact committee members and bill author Tom Harman today.

    Let them know you are an RN and tell them ratios are already improving patient care and that AB 2963 would endanger the lives of thousands of California patients.
    Please copy e-mails to: lflynn@calnurses.org
    Please use link above for e- dress and phone numbers of assemblymembers.

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