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Just Say “YES” to Nurse Staffing Laws

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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What Do Nurses Really Feel about Nurse Staffing Laws?

I wrote an article called Just Say “NO” to Nurse Staffing Laws in which I discussed why mandated nurse-to-patient ratios may not be such a good idea. In this article I present the case FOR staffing laws. Despite the financial side effects, saving lives should be our priority. A well-educated nursing workforce has the ability to bring about legislature with the flexibility to support patient and nurse safety. You are reading page 5 of Just Say “YES” to Nurse Staffing Laws. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

Tomascz has 5 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Wound care; CMSRN.

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There are a whole slew of things that make nursing difficult and staffing ratios are one of the things we can have some control over. What we can't help is that our patient base is becoming sicker, fatter, older, more violent, less respectful, and generally more impaired in multiple ways. One of the reasons they come to us sicker is that routine and preventive medical care is less and less affordable to a poorer and poorer and more stressed populace, of which we are a part. They also come to us less resilient in general, less able to heal and recover because their diets generally suck and they're worn out to begin with, living on the edge of poverty, one lost paycheck away from disaster.
None of that is going to be solved by staffing ratios, mandatory or otherwise.

So try having some compassion for your fellow nurses, your neighbors and your friends and yourselves. Be kind. If your work environment is untenable, talk to each other. Organize. We outnumber them and they can't run hospitals without us. What they can do is separate us and set us against each other.
And for god sake, if you don't like nursing go to trade school or something.

 

 

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SafetyNurse1968 has 20 years experience as a ADN, BSN, MSN, PhD and specializes in Oncology, Home Health, Patient Safety.

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On 1/6/2020 at 7:22 PM, NursesTakeDC said:

To the author, thank you again for including our movement, getting nurses to discuss the issue, and allow for the education of what nurses need to be advocating for. 

 

 

 

You are SO welcome, I am grateful for your activism. I'm planning on taking a much more active role in this fight. Calling my legislators, marching. I appreciate the depth of knowledge you bring to the discussion.

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Interesting read.

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