Safe Staffing

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Tens of thousands of preventable patient deaths occur due to low nurse staffing levels in hospitals. Ensuring enough direct care nurses are by patients’ bedsides would drastically improve patient care. The California Nurses Association (CNA/NNOC) succeeded in winning legislation that sets minimum nurse-to-patient ratios for all of California’s hospitals, creating improvements in the quality of care and in recruiting and retaining nurses. Since California enacted is ratio law in 2002, nearly 100,000 additional RNs have been licensed, a yearly average that is triple the number before the law. Here in Pennsylvania, PASNAP is fighting to win similar legislation for the sake of patients and nurses.

 

 

Unsafe Staffing Is Nurses’ Top Concern

Too often, patients are put at risk and RN licenses are compromised by our profit-driven healthcare system which routinely leaves patients without proper nursing care.

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The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses

Nurses checked on my mother—and us—multiple times an hour. Without them, we would have fallen apart.

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Victoria, Australia to guarantee minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios

“Nurse patient ratios are really important for patient safety,” Ms Hennessy said. “Nurse patient ratios are important because the greater the care and focus nurses are able to give to our patients, we know the better clinical outcomes that they have.”

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