ana has been instrumental in developing and getting
legislation introduced to address the staffing crisis.
ana based the legislation on "ana's principles of nurse
staffing." the rn safe staffing act of 2003, s.991, was introduced on may 5 by sen. daniel inouye (d-hi).
ana asks you to call your senators this week
(202-224-3121), during national nurses week to urge
them to co-sponsor this important legislation.
sorry i missed getting this posted last week!
the rn safe staffing act amends the conditions of participation in the medicare program and establishes a requirement for minimum staffing ratios.
rather than establishing a specific numeric ratio, the act requires the establishment of a staffing system that "ensures a number of registered nurses on each shift and in each unit of the hospital to ensure appropriate staffing levels for patient care." specifically, the staffing system must:
*be created with input from direct-care rns;
*be based on the number of patients and level and intensity of care to be provided, with consideration given to admissions, discharges and transfers that nurses must handle each shift;
*account for architecture and geography of the environment and available technology;
*reflect the level of preparation and experience of those providing care;
*reflect staffing levels recommended by specialty nursing organizations;
*provide that a rn not be assigned to work in a particular unit without first having established the ability to provide professional care in such a unit.
more info at above link.
May 22, '03
Great idea to gather support for this bill.
Let's not let it linger in Congress for 10 years waiting for it to get passed (most bills don't get passed on their first introduction into Congress). Let's all write to our Senators and Representative today and get this passed ASAP.
The AACN has a great web page where you can type in your own letter, but they find the names, addresses, and email address of your representatives for you. So all you do is type in your thoughts then click a button to send it off. It's as easy as this discussion board! Here's the link:
You might want to mention how important it is to have safe staffing--not only because it decreases patient mortality-- but also because it prevents nursing burnout. Citing Linda Aiken's study
and giving them the link to it will provide powerful support to your argument.
Let's rally all nurses to support this bill! Thanks a lot,
Sandy Summers, MSN, MPH, RN
The Center for Nursing Advocacy
Last edit by brian on Jul 13, '03