California RNs- Your help is needed! (Well wishes from other states RNs greatly appreciated)-
The CA Dept of Health Services is in the process of formulating the minimum nurse patient ratios for AB394 (safe staffing bill) which was signed into law last year. The lobby for the hospital industrythe "California Hospital Association," (whom opposed AB394), is recommending ratios as listed (w/ one nurse to the number of pts as listed):
med/surg 1:10, step down 1:6, ER 1:6, Peds 1:6, Newborn nursery 1:8, L&D 1:3, Post partum 1:8, PACU 1:3.
This is for day shift folks! :-( Please help stand up for SAFER ratios. Your input is important!
The CA Nurses Association (CA nurses union) recommended the SAFE ratios as follows (one nurse to # patients as listed):
med/surg 1 RN :6 patients
special care/tele 1:4
Labor & Delivery/PACU/
Critical Patients in the ER 1:2
OR 1 circulating nurse for each OR
*** Additional staff assigned in accordance w/ a documented pt classification system for determining nursing care requirements.
The California Nurses Association has more info about the new legislation: http://www.calnurse.org/cna/staff2/
or you can write to:
Diana Bonta, RN, Director
CA Dept. of Health Services
PO Box 942732
1800 3rd Street
Sacramento, CA 94234-7320
In your letter you might want to describe the # pts you normally care for, the risks you face when staffing is inadequate, how management has responded to staffing problems, sign your name & what type of unit you work in, but do not identify which hospital you work at.
Thanks for your help!
Hope we can make a positive change for the future.