Sharann & Moonshadeau-
Good luck to you both! It takes courage to make a decision like that.I wish you the best.
Va & others-
As for safe staffing, yes, California assembly bill 394 (safe staffing bill) did pass, and goes into effect in January 2002. There is some disagreement, however, between the nurses (California Nurses Association) and the "hospital industry" (i.e., California Hospital Association)before the ratios can be set. The Dept of Health Services is listening to pleas from both sides, as we speak.
*** Here are the California Nurses Association's (CNA) WONDERFUL proposed safe ratios: http://www.calnurse.org/cna/nrsptrt/cnaratios.pdf
CNA is holding town hall meetings so nurses can organize & support the safe ratios. The following link is an advertisement from CNA for the town hall meetings, and it also lists the HORRIBLE hospital association's (opposition) idea of nurse patient ratios:
Give me a break, hospital association! Those ratios are doing nobody any favors (except maybe saving you a few bucks by hiring insufficient staff!)
Each side has their own experts & detailed studies to support their proposed ratios.You can see they are VERY different.
For other info, and updates, you can visit the CNA website: www.calnurse.org