Senator plans bills to address nurses' OT, staffing levels

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    LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A Republican state senator plans to introduce bills that could eliminate mandatory overtime and establish minimum staffing levels for nurses at hospitals.

    GOP Sen. Bruce Patterson of Canton said he's sponsoring the bills to improve working conditions for Michigan nurses and the quality of care for patients. "It is no secret nurses face difficult, trying and complex issues every day," Patterson said at a Michigan Nurses Association forum Thursday. "We cannot continue to have too few nurses taking care of too many patients. It's not safe."

    Full Article: http://www.freep.com/news/statewire/...5_20040401.htm
    (updated link)
    Last edit by brian on Apr 4, '04
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    Brian,

    Thanks for the info. I tried to get the whole article from NewFlash, but they said I asked too late. I did save your post.

    Thanks again,

    Owney
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    I am surprised to see a republican sponsering such a bill. Good for him!
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    I updated the link above with one that is still current.
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    Brian,

    Senator Bruce Patterson's website:www.senate.mi.gov/patterson
    Office: senbpatterson@senate.michigan.gov

    He is Vice-Chair of the Health Policy Committee. I'm going to contact him, as well as his fellow committee members in the Senate. The more nurses who contact him, the more likely he is to follow through on his promise to the Michigan Nurse's Association.

    Thanks again, Brian.
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    It is a lovely idea, However....

    There have been dozens of bills proposed, and discussed across this country.

    How many (or how few) have ACTUALLY been passed, not tabled for further discussion, hung up in committee, etc. etc?

    I no longer care about hearing about proposed legislation, I only care about that which has been passed and is law.
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    We tried twice in California before we got our safe staffing law.

    Clearly he has been educated by nurses and patients, perhaps personal experience.
    It is a good start to educate the lawmakers and public even if not passed.

    :imbar Whadda you know, he is married to a nurse.

    I say, "Good for him! Good for her!"
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Apr 5, '04 : Reason: add remark
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    Quote from caroladybelle
    It is a lovely idea, However....

    There have been dozens of bills proposed, and discussed across this country.

    How many (or how few) have ACTUALLY been passed, not tabled for further discussion, hung up in committee, etc. etc?

    I no longer care about hearing about proposed legislation, I only care about that which has been passed and is law.
    caroladybelle,

    So you are content to just sit back and let a bunch of bureacrats direct your career. When I write to Senator Patterson and his fellow committee members, I will volunteer to go to Lansing and give testimony. I will also contact the House Reps on the Community Health Committee. Were you sick they day they taught, "how a bill becomes a law" in high school?

    BTW, I have read many of your posts. What does, "Bush has the ring", mean? Does it mean that this will change on the first Wednesday in November when he becomes a one-term-wonder like his daddy?

    Love, :blushkiss


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