News from the Michigan Nurses Association
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Hundreds of Nurses Rally for Patient Safety
RNs demand a law to fix understaffing at Michigan Hospitals
(Lansing, MI) Over 500 nurses and nursing students from across the state rallied on the Capitol steps today in support of the Safe Patient Care Act. The law is needed because Michigan’s Registered Nurses are frequently forced to care for too many patients at once in Michigan hospitals or work past the point of exhaustion.
“Understaffed hospitals put our patients are at risk. We are fed up with policies that prioritize profits at the expense of the people in our care,” said John Armelagos, RN and President of the Michigan Nurses Association. “We, as nurses, need a law so that we can provide the best care possible and protect patients from harm.”
The Safe Patient Care Act would ensure that every hospital in Michigan is a safe environment for patients by limiting the number of patients a nurse can be assigned at one time. It also limits mandatory overtime so that our loved ones aren’t under the care of nurses too exhausted to work safely. It also requires hospitals to disclose their RN-to-patient ratios, so that the public knows whether staffing meets safety standards.