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Nursing Practice and Patient Advocacy

The Nursing Practice Department is responsible for promoting excellence in nursing practice, protecting the art and science of nursing in the workplace and promoting patient advocacy. Here you will find information on:

  • Current Nursing Practice and Patient Advocacy issues
  • Our innovative continuing education classes,
  • Information for student nurses and new graduates
  • RN to Patient Ratios

Check back often as these pages reflect the dynamic nature of our Nursing Practice and Patient Advocacy Program and are constantly updated.

Ratios legislation supported by NNU

We have two national safe patient ratio bills, one in the Senate S. 1063 (Brown) and the House HR 2392 (Schakowsky).

The Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act (S.1063) (Brown) This bill establishes requirements for acute-care facilities to provide registered nurse staff based on the acuity of patients provided that minimum nurse-to-patient ratios for each unit are met at all times. Registered nurses shall also have the obligation to act in the exclusive interest of their patients, and the right to be patient advocates.

The Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act (H.R.2392) (Schakowsky) Nurses are increasingly put into impossible situations by hospital managers who demand they care for more patients than is safe. There is a proven method to save patient lives and save hospital money — mandated minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. In Congress, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) introduced her Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act to improve patient quality of care by establishing a requirement for nurse-to-patient ratios that put patient safety first.

RNs nationwide are actively working with NNU to win their own mandated direct-care RN-to-patient staffing ratios.  RNs in other nations have also been fighting to improve conditions for their patients. Studies show that staffing ratios save lives, yet understaffing is a major issue RNs struggle with every day.  Together, we can change that. 

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Nursing Practice & Patient Advocacy Alerts

California Board of Registered Nursing Advisories

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