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Lifesaving Bills Filed in Florida Legislature to Guarantee Patient Safety Improvements
Date:3/10/2010

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida and National Nurses United today announce that the Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act of 2010 has been filed in the state legislature by authors Rep. Oscar Braynon and Sen. Tony Hill and will be known as HB 1283 and S 2316.

The bill will improve conditions and outcomes for patients in hospitals, while also lessening Florida's nursing shortage by drawing RNs to work in safe and therapeutic conditions.  The Florida Hospital Patient Protection Act will:

  • Guarantee a safe ratio of RNs to patients on every unit in every hospital in Florida.  Research has identified unsafe nurse staffing as a key factor for sentinel events in units throughout hospitals.
  • Establish whistle-blower protections for RNs who expose unsafe conditions.
  • Assure RNs the legal guarantee to serve as patient advocates.

Research has shown that a primary cause of medical errors and sentinel events in hospitals around the countr
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SOURCE National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida/National Nurses United
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