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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


National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act | S. 739 (Boxer)

The legislation builds on the success of California’s historic law that set minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and extends those minimum standards to hospitals that participate in Medicare and Medicaid.

Specifically, the bill would:

  • Establish minimum nurse-to-patient ratios that will save lives, improve the quality of care and help to address the nursing shortage by creating a work environment that encourages nurses to remain in the hospital workforce;
  • Provide whistleblower protections to protect the right of nurses to advocate for the safety of patients and report violations of minimum standards of care;
  • Invest in nursing mentorship demonstration programs to better prepare nurses for work in a hospital setting.


Safe Nurse Staffing for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act  | HR 1907 (Schakowsky)

HR 1907, the Safe Nurse Staffing for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act, establishes minimum RN ratios for every hospital unit at all times. It also provides whistleblower protection to assure that nurses are free to speak out for enforcement of safe staffing standards.

Nursing Practice & Patient Advocacy Alerts

California Board of Registered Nursing Advisories

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