Showdown between California hospitals and nurses goes to judge

  1. With a statewide nursing shortage, hospitals and nurses battled in court Friday over new mandatory staffing levels that hospitals say are unrealistic and nurses say are necessary to protect patients.

    Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian promised to rule quickly on a hospital industry challenge to new regulations requiring extra nurses to replace those who leave their station to transport a patient or take a break.

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