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California is the only state with mandated nurse staffing ratios in all hospital units. The CA legislature passed a law in 1999 that was implemented beginning in 2004. The next two slides summarize key differences between California’s law and the proposed initiative in Massachusetts. 9 Comparison of CA law and MA proposed initiative, continued
There, nurses’ unions succeeded in passing a ratios law in 1999. Today, it remains the only state in the country with mandated ratios. As a result, California has become a rhetorical battleground over the question of whether or not ratios laws work, with researchers keeping a close eye on what the impact’s been.
What does the California Ratios Law Actually Require ? What does the California Ratios Law Actually Require? A.B. 394, the CNA-sponsored safe staffing law, has multiple provisions designed to remedy unsafe staffing in acute-care facilities.California’s safe staffing standards are based on individual patient acuity, of which the RN ratios is the minimum.
What’s in the Proposed Law? The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act will set nurse-to-patient ratios in New York healthcare facilities. A bipartisan coalition is supporting it in both the New York State Assembly and Senate. Here’s how the proposed law would protect New York patients: Nurse ratios. The bill establishes nurse to patient ratios by unit.
Why Mandated Nurse/Patient Ratios are Not the Final Answer ? The ratios might provide a starting point for the development of a staffing plan or serve as a minimum level of staffing. But, mandatory staffing ratios alone cannot ensure safe, effective patient care. In fact, this is the position that both the American Nurses Association and American Organization of Nurse Executives have taken.Last modified: February 23 2021
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