Sen. Introduces Bill To Mandate Nurse Staffing Ratios

Law360, New York (April 17, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT) -- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at reducing nursing shortages by establishing a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio for hospitals and offering whistleblower protection for nurses who report quality-of-care violations.

Boxer's bill, S. 739, the National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act, is based in part on a California law establishing minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in state hospitals. That law, which went into effect in 2004, limits the number of patients per nurse per shift, depending on the hospital department. There should be one...
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