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Minnesota Registered Nurses Promote Law to Improve Patient Care and Address Health Care Costs
Date:2/25/2008

>-- the level and variability of intensity of care to be provided

-- admissions, discharges, and transfers of patients during each shift

-- specialized experience of RNs and consideration of skill mix

-- contextual issues that impact staffing such as architecture, environment and technology.

Enforcement Posting/ Reporting

This legislation will require hospitals to publicly post their staffing plans and report those plans to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Staffing Standards and Health Care Reform

Unlike physicians, medication or equipment, nurses' work is not clearly identified in the health care accounting process. Minnesota's legislation will develop new measures for delineating nurse-sensitive indicators in adverse event reporting. This will help reform reimbursement systems to more adequately reflect nurses' contributions to quality patient outcomes and health care costs.

Uniting nurses in vision and voice since 1905. With 20,000 members, MNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in the Midwest and is among the oldest and largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation. MNA is a multi-purpose organization that fosters high standards for nursing education and practice, and works to advance the profession through legislative activity. MNA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, the United American Nurses and the AFL-CIO.


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