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

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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.

SENATE RATIOS BILL - S. 739 (Boxer)

 



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

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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.) re-introduced her Safe Nurse Staffing for 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.

HOUSE RATIOS BILL - HR 1907 (Schakowsky)

 



Heal DC: Patient Protection Act - District of Columbia

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. Legislation that would mandate such ratios in DC hospitals was introduced in the DC Council on February 5th. The Patient Protection Act, the bill, once enacted, will improve healthcare for patients in all DC hospitals by:

  • Establishing minimum RN-to-patient ratios on all units at all times to protect patient safety.
  • Protecting the right of nurses to advocate in their patients’ interests.
  • Instituting genuine whistle-blower protection for RNs, other healthcare providers, and patients who report unsafe conditions.
  • Forbidding unsafe, mandatory overtime that puts patients in danger.
  • Protecting ancillary staff and providing hospitals an opportunity to increase nursing staff beyond minimum standards when needed.

HEAL DC: PATIENT PROTECTION ACT

 


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