National legislation to require minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), marking National Nurses Week. The legislation calls for ratios based on the number of patients and the level and intensity of care provided, input from registered nurses, and caregivers' level of preparation and experience. Hospitals would be required to publicly report staffing information, including posting daily the number of nurses on each shift. "Inappropriate nurse staffing is the No. 1 concern of nurses today," said Barbara Blakeney, president of the American Nurses Association, which supports the legislation. -- by Patrick Reilly
Senate bill would set minimum nurse staffing levels
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