Doesn't California already have mandatory nurse: patient ratios?
Last edit by Not_A_Hat_Person on Oct 30, '10
: Reason: spelling
Nov 2, '10
by herring_RN Guide
..."they've cut staffing to the quick," said tim thomas, an operating-room nurse and the california nurses association's chief rep at watsonville community hospital.
"i can take care of five patients, but if i'm on my own, how can i lift them? how do i get a break?"
nurse-to-patient ratios are regulated by law in california--unique among all states--but thomas said it takes a strong union to enforce those rules. union bargainers have waited nine months for management to respond to their proposals around meals and breaks. ...
so the hospital is failing to provide nursing assistants (maybe clerks too). this is in violation of a sentence in the first paragraph of hospital regulations that states:
staffing for care not requiring a licensed nurse is not included within these ratios and shall be determined pursuant to the patient classification system.
regulations effective january 1, 2004
Last edit by herring_RN on Nov 2, '10
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