More than half of hospital executives believe legislation establishing mandatory nurse-staffing ratios will be introduced in their states within two years, and about one-fourth of those expect a law to be enacted, according to a Governance Institute survey. Of 139 respondents, about 52% said they expected their states to tackle nurse-staffing ratios within two years; about 26% of those, or roughly 19 respondents, said they anticipated that the legislation would become law. Meanwhile, hospitals are taking more aggressive steps to recruit and retain nurses. More than 70% of respondents said they now offer tuition reimbursement, flexible scheduling and increased compensation. -- by Patrick Reilly
Execs expect more states to mandate nurse ratios
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