State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Alleviate Workloads, Leading to Lower Patient Mo - page 2
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As mandated by State law, the California Department of Health Services requires acute care hospitals to maintain minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Required ratios vary by unit, ranging from 1:1 in operating rooms to 1:6... Read More
- 5Oct 8, '12 by peasandonionsQuote from Esme12I am in Texas, and we have a lot of new grads from California here because the unemployment rate is so high there. Right now, we are way overstaffed too. I don't know where this nursing shortage is that they keep reporting. Maybe the patients think that because the facilities staff us as light as possible!You tell them!!!! There is NO NURSING SHORTAGE!Last edit by peasandonions on Oct 8, '12 : Reason: forgot a word
- 2Oct 8, '12 by ArrowRNQuote from gummi bearYes but what about hospitals creating these "tech" positions that nurses normally do. I recently saw an ad for "critical care tech" and the job description was exactly like what an ICU RN would do. So one has to think about about whether or not laws like these would lead to more nurse positions.If this were implemented in every state, then would this have an effect on the unemployment rate for nurses? I know that some hospitals have hiring freezes, but they are definitely understaffed. They'd rather have dangerous ratios and "save money", than to provide adequate care.
- 4Oct 8, '12 by herring_RN GuideQuote from man-nurse2bI certainly think patients are safer with a competent critical care nurse that with a tech.Yes but what about hospitals creating these "tech" positions that nurses normally do. I recently saw an ad for "critical care tech" and the job description was exactly like what an ICU RN would do. So one has to think about about whether or not laws like these would lead to more nurse positions.
- 5Oct 27, '12 by herring_RN GuideQuote from woohI understand your point.How exactly have they shown their dedication to this in the past?
Their press release states this. To my knowledge this is the first time the ANS supported safe staffing ratios. For that i am glad.
The nurse staffing resolution identifies short-staffing as a top concern for direct care nurses that negatively affects patient care and nurse job satisfaction. It notes that staffing decisions remain largely outside of nurses’ control, and that staffing plans lack enforcement mechanisms.
The resolution requests ANA to “reaffirm its dedication” to advocating for a staffing process, directed by nurses, that is enforceable and that includes staffing principles, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, data collection, and penalties for non-compliance in all health care settings where staffing is a challenge.
- 1Nov 30, '12 by smoke over fireThe other thing not mentioned is how Governor Brown of California refuses to enforce the ratios while the unions had a cat fight. So even though there are ratios, nothing stops the hospitals from not hiring enough nursing staff to even meet those ratios. No nurse-ratio penalties like no penalties for speeding - Sacramento Business Journal
- 2Jan 30, '13 by PranqsterQuote from chucksteris this guy serious? "Poor patient outcomes is a small price to pay"? REALLY?! This knuckehead would sacrifice a patients healthcare so that us "socialists" lose! What a coward!!!!!It's well-known that California is a socialist haven.
Give me a place like PA where hospitals and nursing homes are free to assign as many patients as they want to nurses. Poor patient outcome is a small price to pay for freedom for health care corportations, who, in the words of one candidate for president, are people too.
- 0Jan 31, '13 by laborerNo nurse-ratio penalties like no penalties for speeding! http://www.bizjournals.com/sacrament....html?page=all