Staffing bill gets nurse support, hospital opposition

A bill that would require New York's 185 acute care hospitals to staff one nurse for every two intensive-care patients and one nurse for every four patients in regular medical-surgical units has gained favor among nurses but not hospitals, the Associated Press reported. Nursing proponents of the proposed bill say the required staffing ratios will reduce patient deaths, complications and readmissions. However, hospitals opposing the measure say it will increase costs and likely reduce some services and beds. States continue to see similar proposals as more research shows a direct link between nursing staff ratios and hospital readmissions. Article

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