BREAKING NEWS: May 18, 2017
Bipartisan Safe Patient Care Act aims to make hospitals safer, help RNs provide the best care possible
Legislators want more hospital accountability, transparency on nurse staffing
LANSING- Six lawmakers from around the state and both parties today introduced various bills that aim to help RNs provide the best care possible and keep people safe from harm in Michigan’s hospitals.
Click here for the full press release, including quotes from MNA's president and the six legislators sponsoring the bills, and other documents about the new bills.
JOIN THE MOVEMENT TO PUT PATIENTS, NOT PROFITS, FIRST
Lori Batzloff, RN, shares her firsthand experience in urging legislators to pass the Safe Patient Care Act. "We need a law that protects every patient at every hospital on every shift."
Believe it or not, there is no law that limits the number of hospital patients a Registered Nurse can be assigned to care for at one time. There's also no law that limits the hours a nurse can be forced to work.
This puts patients in danger; when Registered Nurses are stretched too thin or forced to work past the point of exhaustion, they can't give each patient the professional care they need. Years of reliable research have established the link between understaffed nursing shifts and increased patient infections, falls, medication errors and even preventable deaths.
We all deserve better.
The Campaign for Safer Hospitals is calling for a Michigan law, the Safe Patient Care Act, to protect all our loved ones by limiting the number of patients a nurse can be assigned. The law would also limit mandatory RN overtime that compromises patients' care and require hospitals to disclose their actual RN-to-patient ratios.
Join the movement to make our hospitals safer by sharing your story.
RNs overwhelmingly believe the quality of patient care is suffering due to understaffing.
A large majority of Registered Nurses in Michigan believe patient care is suffering due to RNs being required to care for too many patients at once. Understaffing is by far the most frequent obstacle RNs face in doing their jobs, and nearly six-in-ten hospital RNs feel that they do not have enough time to give needed attention to patients.
Read the press release here
Read the poll results here
Why does Michigan need the Safe Patient Care Act?
State Rep. Jon Hoadley of Kalamazoo explains in this short video.