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


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    Quote from Esme12
    You tell them!!!! There is NO NURSING SHORTAGE!
    I 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!
    Last edit by peasandonions on Oct 8, '12 : Reason: forgot a word
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    Quote from gummi bear
    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.
    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.
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    Quote from man-nurse2b
    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.
    I certainly think patients are safer with a competent critical care nurse that with a tech.
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    ANA Reaffirms Dedication to Improving Staffing for RNs and Their Patients

    Press Release - American Nurses Association

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    Quote from herring_RN
    ANA Reaffirms Dedication to Improving Staffing for RNs and Their Patients

    Press Release - American Nurses Association

    How exactly have they shown their dedication to this in the past?
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    Quote from wooh
    How exactly have they shown their dedication to this in the past?
    I understand your point.
    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.

    http://nursingworld.org/FunctionalMe...r-Patients.pdf
    I was one of the delegates who voted for my state nurses association to leave the ANA. I've been praying that the come around to understand that hospital restructuring and downsizing are not an opportunity. They are bad for patients and bad for nurses.
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    The 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



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    Quote from chuckster
    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.
    is 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!!!!!
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    No nurse-ratio penalties like no penalties for speeding! http://www.bizjournals.com/sacrament....html?page=all
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    In my best Homer Simpson impression "Doh." It only took a few years for someone to notice.


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