Does anyone have first-hand experience with legislated nurse-patient staffing ratios?
Oct 12, '02
I would have no way to keep track of any state legislation. But, the Congress mandated a study in an attempt to improve staffing in LTC. The effort has been shot-down and stalled. If you'd like to read the study, check here:
Oct 13, '02
It has been passed in CA. About 5-7 other states are in the planning/legislative process. I'm distantly involved in the process here in FLA. I was hoping for some feedback on how it is working in CA as I'm putting my job on the line for it!!
Oct 13, '02
Note to editing board at this site: I posted it on this thread in error. Is it possible to move it to a more appropriate site - or can I just resubmit it in another thread? Thanks!!
Oct 15, '02
The board of nursing in my state has been trying to develop a logical solution to this for quite some time. The trick is basing it on acuity not just numbers. The "how" is the lingering problem. Since this is a situation that, depending on unit/location/environment can vary literally by the minute, it is tough to even regulate such a thing.
It is an important step in the right direction, but unless some kind of incredible system is put into place I see it as nearly impossible to measure and even harder to enforce.
Just my 2 cents.
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