safe staffing laws being pushed in massachusetts, new york, florida, michigan and oregon.
nursing communities nationwide watch closely as california hospitals struggle to implement staffing ratio law
by john leighty
february 27, 2004
the enactment of california's nurse-to-patient ratio law--the first of its kind in the nation--is undergoing some political birthing pains. key questions are whether hospitals can find enough nurses or come up with creative solutions to meet staffing ratios "at all times," including breaks and lunches, and whether they can afford the cost of hiring additional staff in times of financial uncertainty.
at least 28 other states are considering similar ratios with the backing of some nursing organizations, according to the national conference of state legislatures. although none of the pending proposals has been put to a vote, ratios are most likely to be enacted in massachusetts, new york, florida, michigan and oregon....