CNA Announces its Proposed Nurse Staffing Ratios

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    "CNA Announces its Proposed Nurse Staffing Ratios
    The California Nurses Association today announced its proposal for minimum
    nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. The ratios are: Intensive Care, 1:2;
    medical/surgical units, telemetry or other specialty care, 1:3; emergency
    room, 1:3; burn, 1:2; step down/intermediate care, definite observation,
    1:3; active labor and delivery, 1:1; obstetrics, 1:3; post-partum/normal
    newborn nursery, 1:5; pediatrics, 1:3; psychiatric, 1:4; subacute and
    transitional inpatient care, 1:4. The ratios are based on discharge records
    of California hospital patients over the past six years by the Institute for
    Health and Socio-Economic Policy and the Diagnosis Related Groups (DRG)
    designations for the acuity of those patients, CNA said. CNA was the prime
    mover in the 1999 California law that required minimum nurse-to-patient
    ratios for the state's general acute and acute psychiatric hospitals,
    scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The California Healthcare Association,
    University of California Hospitals, Service Employees International Union,
    and United Nurses Association of California/Union of Healthcare
    Professionals also have submitted proposals for consideration by the
    California Department of Health Services, which expects to release draft
    regulations for public comment in early fall. For most categories, CNA
    proposes more nurses per patient than does the California Healthcare Association."



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