Thursday, October 15, 2015
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MI Voters: Lack of Limits on Nurses’ Workloads is Hurting Patient Care in Hospitals
Bipartisan effort renews push for law to establish minimum RN staffin
By an overwhelming margin, voters want their legislators to improve care in Michigan hospitals by establishing a law that sets minimum nurse staffing levels, according to a new poll that is the first of its kind in the state.
“Michigan residents are saying loud and clear that our registered nurses are being being forced to care for too many patients at once,” said Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo), House sponsor of the Safe Patient Care Act. “Chronic nurse understaffing jeopardizes the care and safety of people in our hospitals every day. The only real solution is to pass a law that gives nurses enough time to spend with each patient and provide individualized care.”
There is currently no law that requires hospitals to have a certain number of nurses working at any given time. The Safe Patient Care Act, which will soon be introduced in the House by Hoadley and in the Senate by Sen. Rebekah Warren, requires minimum RN staffing in hospitals and curbs the rampant use of mandatory overtime. It has bipartisan support in both chambers.