I had posted a previous thread regarding "Why does nursing allow itself to be short staffed". I heard alot of wonderful ideas on the root cause of the problem. Someone posted online the new bill introduced into the Senate regarding staffing levels. It is S. 73 and you can find the whole bill under www.senate.gov
go to The Library fo Congress THOMAS home and type in the bill number there. The main theme from previous replys was to become more unified as a whole. Now is the time to act, if you really mean it. This bill requires any facility that received medicare payments to have enough RN on staff and takes into account the pt care level. Hospitals must keep 3 years of records recording the decline in pt mortality related to increased nursing care. www.ANA.ORG
is another location to get information. Please contact your Senators and Reps, this bill has already been sent to a committee and that could mean death to it. Take action and let's put out complaints where they count. Thanks!!!