why can't nurses get safe staffing laws passed - page 4

Why does it seem that nurses here in the USA cannot get safe staffing laws passed. Only California has been able to do this... Read More

  1. by   quiltynurse56
    How many would move to the rural areas? Bet not too many.
  2. by   OunceofPrevention
    Theb they can offer more scholarships and more seats for nursing programs already. ..they have the money to help the community meet their staffing needs.
  3. by   NurseLatteDNP
    One of the lobbyists for the Texas Nurses Association told me that hospitals will continue making staffing cuts at bedside until nurses start billing for their professional services like every other discipline does (like PT/OT/speech for example). Once we start making the hospital money, they will start investing in the nursing workforce.
  4. by   herring_RN
    There was a discussion about this nine years ago. One post addressed how rural areas staff to meet the ratios.
    ... Since the nurse/patient ratio law was enacted a few years ago, several hundred thousand RNs have relocated into California to take advantage of this legally mandated staffing. I suppose many of these nurses became excited at the thought of no longer having to care for 6 to 10 patients on a med/surg floor in their previous states of residence, and decided to move out west.

    In addition, the less desirable parts of California have no problem attracting travel nurses from lower-paying states. The poorer, more isolated regions in California stay staffed with travelers and agency...

    How does California manage to staff with a 5:1 ratio?
    I know many nurses working in rural areas. Some are staffed OK with residents most of the time. One actually pays registry nurses for 12 hours when they work an eight hour shift because of the drive.
    I know of one hospital near a highway where they hace a hard time keeping travelers. Those travel nurses tell of poor management.
    At another they have travel nurses who return every year for 12 week contracts. They are usually staffed well.

    Unfortunately some of our hospitals in rural areas have closed. It is a dangerous problem.
  5. by   SobreRN
    If anyone is going to fight for LTC ratios in Calif do it quick while we still have democratic governor Jerry Brown.