New Arizona Title 9 rules governing hospitals maintain the previously established but substandard minimum RN-to-patient ICU staffing ratio of 1:3. The new rules became effective October 1, 2002. The proposed and implemented regulations with justifications are available at
SAZNC and many pro-active Arizona direct-care nurses support a 1:2 ratio. SAZNC has secured two seats on a new hospital-rules task force, overseen by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), that began meeting in October, 2002.
The task force has again taken up the ICU ratio issue.
SAZNC needs your involvement and support to advance the safer 1:2 ratio. Click here
to link to a support letter that can be copied, signed, and sent to SAZNC. Please distribute copies of the letter to your colleagues (especially ICU nurses) and encourage them to do the same. Be sure to send a letter in yourself.
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