What would you like to see for nurse-patient ratios? California implemented ratios per unit. Florida and Massachusetts legislatures are currently debating similar bills. Waiting for your state to legislate the answer can’t be the best approach.
Variable ratios based on the unit seems reasonable. Florida is considering: 5 patients to 1 RN for rehabilitation and skilled nursing units; and 1:1 for patients in active labor, receiving conscious sedation, in the ER, or in the OR. Does a CNS count the same as an MSN or ADN?
The upcoming RN shortage is undeniable. 50 states legislating RN ratios would be a real problem. Is there a place for LPNs in your hospital?
The Affordable Care Act is pushing more and more healthcare to outpatient settings. Will they legislate RNs at urgent care clinics and surgical centers?
Congress seems unwilling to consider any of the national bills on nurse-patient ratios (insert for favorite jab here). Has your state hospital association come to a consensus? Do you agree with it?
The American Nurses Association (ANA) argues that hospitals should personalize staffing plans for individual hospital units, accounting for individual patient needs and staff experience levels. That doesn’t sound bad, does it?
26 states allow the public to place issues on the ballot. They just wants the child, parent, or grandparent to get well. Do you want the public to decide our ratios? If not, then we better be proactive and find a solution.