The author referred to the case made by a spokesperson for Illinois Health and Hospital Association. This association advocates for the interests of hospitals, not nurses.
The author says: "...take important staffing decisions out of the hands of nurses."
I would like to know what important staffing decisions do nurses make in a hospital that would end with mandatory staffing ratios.
The author wrote: "...laws currently proposed also don’t take into account nurse education, skills, knowledge and years of experience."
Neither do nurse managers. They just want warm bodies to take care of the largest number of patients, at the lowest cost.
The author says: "Critics of the bill say that the consequences could be catastrophic, causing shortages of nurses and money."
There is nothing more empowering of nurses than a 'real' nurse shortage, not a fake one created right now by employers who don't care to hire novices and train them, or want to pay for additional employee benefits. Cutting down executive salaries would go a long way in hiring a few more nurses.
The author says: "...Olley (2017) suggests that there is a significant research gap to support claims of increased patient safety in the acute hospital setting with improved ratios."
I agree. But there is zero evidence that hospital ratios don't work. Nurse researchers need to get down to work and fill this gap asap.
Lastly, the author states: "The mortality rate may have decreased, but the finances are problematic."
That tells it all. This article is nothing but an effort to gaslight nurses into believing they don't really know what is best for them, and hospital executives know how to make the best decision for them.