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This bill is the brainchild of the INA. The INA who until 3/12/07 remained neutral on any staffing ratio bills (HB392 and SB605) in IL. They now oppose any kind of safe staffing ratios as does the Illinois Hospital Association. What a shame an organization who supposedly represents bedside nurses would oppose such a bill. Acuity alone does not work. Hospitals can change, ignore, and talk circles around their acutiy grids. This bill has hollow ring to it. Part of safe staffing legislation is acuity. It states that acuity must be considered when assigning patients, but it more importanly sets a standard for the number of patients nurses on any unit can care for. I'm sorry but the INA bill is just more of the same, and it does nothing to protect quality patient care or improving working conditions of our profession.
Yes, this bill does have a hollow ring to it!! I work in a LARGE Illinois Hospital that is TOTALLY behind this bill. We have been staffing by acuity for a little while now.
I'll tell you right there has been NO change.
If our accuity calls for 5 RN's, we have 3---the same number we always had'; tonite for example--our acuity called for 4 RN's--we had 4 scheduled.
HOWEVER, I floated to a surgical floor b/c there was a call in.
Why didn't they get an Agency or a Registry RN to fill that spot?
No, they again went by numbers--"your floor can do with out one nurse".
No, I don't see this working.
I really think they need mandated staffing.