The House has introduced the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2007 on November 9th. It is important that we speak out on this issue and not let it fall through the cracks!
You can view the bill in it's entirety here.
I've also posted some other helpful links here.
Let your voices be heard, nurses!
Nov 16, '07
Quote from Crocuta
I looked really hard, and I can't find the section where this bill requires the nursing fairy godmother to wave her magic wand and produce RN's in the marketplace sufficient to meet the staffing standards.
There are X number of nursing positions required for full staffing nationwide. Every current study indicates that there are fewer available nurses than there are positions to fill. Mandating lower nurse to patient ratios isn't going to do *anything* to address the problem. The nurses simply don't exist to fill these positions no matter how many laws you pass requiring them to be filled.
What I do see is yet more paperwork, more record keeping and more administrative obligations. Guess what? That means the hospital has to hire more people to manage the data which means less money to hire nurses.
Sorry about your next pay raise, but we needed it for more office staff to maintain our staffing records for three years.
Breathe....Breathe.... Ah. I'm better now.
What about all the nurses who left the field due to the abysmal working conditions?
Last edit by Simplepleasures on Nov 16, '07