Nurses and residents show considerable solidarity in their support for a policy solution to the crisis in understaffing. 87% of nurses and 59% of the resident population openly favor legislation addressing maximum patient limits for RNs.
At its "Code Red For Care" Rally on Tuesday, February 26th in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in St. Paul, 1,500 nurses will gather to demonstrate their collective concern and publicly introduce the Staffing for Patient Safety bill. The legislation has bi-partisan backing and is designated by file numbers SF 2742 in the Senate and HF 3042 in the House.
Chief and co-authors are Sen. Sharon Erickson-Ropes, RN (DFL-Winona), Sen. John Marty (DFL-Roseville), Sen. Ellen Anderson (DFL-St. Paul) , Sen. Kathy Sheran RN (DFL-Mankato), Sen. Paul Koering (R-Fort Ripley); Rep. Erin. Murphy RN (DFL-St. Paul), Rep. Patti Fritz LPN (DFL-Faribault), Rep. Paul Thissen (DFL-Mpls.); Rep. Maria Ruud APRN (DFL-Minnetonka), Rep. Jim Davnie (DFL-Mpls), Rep. Karen Clark RN (DFL-Mpls.)
All Hospitals Must Establish Staffing Plans
Staffing Standards for Patient Safety legislation requires that all hospitals shall develop and implement a staffing plan that includes direct input from nurses.
The Patient Assignment Limit feature is a foundation, and assures Registered Nurses they will never be assigned more patients than what is set forth in the statute. Staffing plans may be further enhanced by local hospital committees to meet unique hospital needs by establishing upwardly-adjustable nurse-to-patient ratios considering:
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|SOURCE Minnesota Nurses Association|
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