HB2604, Safe Patient Limits Act of Illinois, may be brought to the House floor for a vote next week. The Illinois Hospital Association is practing fear mongering, telling legislators: staffing is not cookie cutter one size fits all; nurses will lose their critical thinking skills (sounds like the ANA); hospitals will close; studies inconclusive re: ratios and patient outcomes; ED will divert patients, and the cost will be $2 billion. ALL NOT TRUE. Here’s a interesting study from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute, published 4/23/2019: Ratios will potentially SAVE hospitals 1.4 billion, by reducing nurse turnover, decrease nurse injury rates, reduced care costs, and lower re-admission rates. Who is right? Can we continue to ignore the research? At what cost? This is now an ethical issue. And a moral one. Do the right thing. Call your Illinois legislators. Tell them to vote YES.