Too few nurses for California to meet new hospital staffing law - page 3

san francisco chronicle, ca - mar 23, 2004 california's hospitals are on the front lines, delivering care 24 hours a day to every person who needs our help, whether or not they can afford to pay.... Read More

  1. by   border rn
    Quote from psychrn03
    I have heard that the first statement is being considered to being dropped down to 45 days. Whether or not it will happen is a whole different story.

    As for the second, I'm guessing the budget can't afford such a thing at this time.
    I know that here in Michigan we were quite excited about the Law in California. We are attempting to implement the same here. After a night from hell on LDRP where I was assigned 15 couplets to care for all night because we were so short staffed and the labors kept coming in, I thought how insane and unsafe this was, of course the union is working on it.

    I am currently looking for a travel assignment in California or else where,any where to help with the shortage.
  2. by   skorb
    I am a nurse in Northern California where the ratio is 5:1 without NA's. I work in a busy telemetry unit that functions too poorly to give good patient care without NA's. I rarely get breaks in 12 hrs and often stay over in the morning to finish. My time is taken up for so many small needs that it makes it difficult to fill the larger ones in which I was trained to do. All of the nurses are very overwhelmed and many are resigning.
    Last edit by skorb on May 14, '04
  3. by   RNGranny
    CA may be on the front line in passing legislation but without sufficient nurses, the legislation is pointless. CA is second only to NV in the worst nurse to patient ratio and it will only get worse. There are more administrators and 'paper pushers' being hired than their are nurses. :imbar
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from skorb
    I am a nurse in Northern California where the ratio is 5:1 without NA's. I work in a busy telemetry unit that functions too poorly to give good patient care without NA's. I rarely get breaks in 12 hrs and often stay over in the morning to finish. My time is taken up for so many small needs that it makes it difficult to fill the larger ones in which I was trained to do. All of the nurses are very overwhelmed and many are resigning.
    Did you have the assistance of NAs before?
    They can be certified in about a month. That would help you give safe care.
    It is also required that you have a patient classification system to staff to the needs of individual patients.

    Your hospital is running the nurses away then probably complains they cannt find enough nurses.

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