The Schwarzenegger administration and California Hospital Association have vowed to appeal a first-in-the-nation law requiring hospitals to have at least one nurse for every five patients, upheld Tuesday by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Judy Holzer Hersher.
Hersher said the administration erred when it issued an emergency order last November trying to delay the state law requiring hospitals to provide more nurses.
The 60,000-member California Nurses Association applauded the ruling, which comes a little more than a week after Hersher issued a similar tentative ruling.
The decision "sends a compelling, unmistakable message that this governor is not above the rule of law, and that a law enacted to protect patients may not be sabotaged simply to financially benefit his hospital corporate donors," said CNA President Deborah Burger.
"Patient safety is a top priority for the Schwarzenegger administration," countered California Health and Human Services Agency spokeswoman Nicole Kasabian Evans. "We believe a one-to-six ratio is a safe ratio."