Nurse Staffing, Overtime Bill Introduced in Florida!
"A bill introduced recently in the Florida Senate would establish minimum nurse-to-patient hospital staffing ratios more stringent then the ones announced earlier in California, while also setting ratios for facilities other than hospitals. Additionally, this bill includes banning mandatory overtime for direct-care nurses.
The proposed Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act, backed by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU/AFL-CIO), would set minimum ratios of:
1:1 in operating rooms and trauma emergency rooms
1:2 in critical care/intensive care, labor and delivery, and post anesthesia recovery rooms
1:3 in the Emergency Department, pediatrics, and telemetry
1:4 in medical-surgical units and intermediate nurseries
1:5 in skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities
1:6 in postpartum and well baby nurseries.
The Florida Hospital Association opposes the legislation on the grounds that hospitals need the flexibility to determine staffing based on the condition and needs of patients, and the experience and education mix of the patient care team."