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Safe Nurse Staffing for Patient Safety & Quality Care Act

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Has 4 years experience.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Thank you Esme for posting the ratios!!! I KNEW Skilled nursing had a ratio as well; I'm going to share this with another thread. :)

Sounds very reasonable. Right now nurses in my area are negotiating with a hospital that bought our local hospital and the sticking point is not wages, benefits, etc. It is staffing ratios.

j0yegan

Has 4 years experience.

Thank you Esme for posting the ratios!!! I KNEW Skilled nursing had a ratio as well; I'm going to share this with another thread. :)

LOL you're welcome. I posted the link to the ratios to my post. :p

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 40 years experience.

Thank you Esme for posting the ratios!!! I KNEW Skilled nursing had a ratio as well; I'm going to share this with another thread. :)
These are from the link in the OP j0yegan .

These are NOT ratios now but the proposed ones under the new legislation. THIS HAS NOT PASSED. THESE ratios do not exist yet these are the proposed ratios.

The last time this legislature was introduced was right before the stock market crash. These are the ratios that started the "nursing shortage" numbers.

You need to let your politicians know through letters and e-mails what your thoughts are.....I am hopeful but I doubt it will pass.

j0yegan

Has 4 years experience.

This is for anyone who ends up in the hospital. This isn't just a nurse issue. It's about the safety of patients.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development. Has 9 years experience.

Done.

Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care, ED, Cath lab, CTPAC,Trauma. Has 40 years experience.

Of course it is....but administrations don't really care about that.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

These are from the link in the OP j0yegan .

These are NOT ratios now but the proposed ones under the new legislation. THIS HAS NOT PASSED. THESE ratios do not exist yet these are the proposed ratios.

The last time this legislature was introduced was right before the stock market crash. These are the ratios that started the "nursing shortage" numbers.

You need to let your politicians know through letters and e-mails what your thoughts are.....I am hopeful but I doubt it will pass.

I know they are proposed; there was a thread about signing a petition to include LTC; which include SNFs; since that is loophole to have more money by having skilled beds, one can say that it will include the proposed measures; I have since posted this into that thread, to show that I have been following this proposal as well as reached out to my Congressional Members, and to have something linked instead of stating something that I had no evidence readily available. :)

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

LOL you're welcome. I posted the link to the ratios to my post. :p

I've posted the link to this thread to the other post; they will come to this post and see the link in Esme's post. :yes:

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

Texas has had a law several years now that requires nursing staff to participate in a safe staffing committee where ratios and other issues can be discussed and then presented to the Board of Directors/Administration. HR and the CNO sit on the committee. The law does not promote ratios, because nurses fought to have it more flexible as one patient can be too many sometimes. The idea is to have staffing mixes match patient need. I believe this system has good intent, but wonder if the follow-thru is effective, as we cannot change budgets and that is what drives staffing availibility.

j0yegan

Has 4 years experience.

Might as well try to send a letter to Congress... and share this with every single person you know.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Texas has had a law several years now that requires nursing staff to participate in a safe staffing committee where ratios and other issues can be discussed and then presented to the Board of Directors/Administration. HR and the CNO sit on the committee. The law does not promote ratios, because nurses fought to have it more flexible as one patient can be too many sometimes. The idea is to have staffing mixes match patient need. I believe this system has good intent, but wonder if the follow-thru is effective, as we cannot change budgets and that is what drives staffing availibility.

My state has a law similar that is being proposed in my state; the SNA has a upcoming legislative day next month.

nynursey_

Specializes in Med/Surg/ICU/Stepdown. Has 3 years experience.

If hospitals were smart, they would begin strategizing now for how to make those numbers a reality instead of waiting for a mandate to drop.

Texas has had a law several years now that requires nursing staff to participate in a safe staffing committee where ratios and other issues can be discussed and then presented to the Board of Directors/Administration. HR and the CNO sit on the committee. The law does not promote ratios, because nurses fought to have it more flexible as one patient can be too many sometimes. The idea is to have staffing mixes match patient need. I believe this system has good intent, but wonder if the follow-thru is effective, as we cannot change budgets and that is what drives staffing availibility.

Fighting for "flexibility" was stupid. Because there is ALWAYS the flexibility to staff better, but when we fight ratios because we want "flexibility" all we end up doing is giving administrators the flexibility to continue to staff unsafely. Nurses have a "voice"??? Well la-di-da. Doesn't mean it's listened to.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Fighting for "flexibility" was stupid. Because there is ALWAYS the flexibility to staff better, but when we fight ratios because we want "flexibility" all we end up doing is giving administrators the flexibility to continue to staff unsafely. Nurses have a "voice"??? Well la-di-da. Doesn't mean it's listened to.

This. :yes:

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

Texas has had a law several years now that requires nursing staff to participate in a safe staffing committee where ratios and other issues can be discussed and then presented to the Board of Directors/Administration. HR and the CNO sit on the committee. The law does not promote ratios, because nurses fought to have it more flexible as one patient can be too many sometimes. The idea is to have staffing mixes match patient need. I believe this system has good intent, but wonder if the follow-thru is effective, as we cannot change budgets and that is what drives staffing availibility.

To add: the "flexibility" to staff better would be in the best interest by having no wiggle room to staff better, but effective; if that makes sense; being, that set ratios will not even give the loophole to not staff at all.

I think skill mix would still be effective with ratios, as well.