California law mandating nurse pt ratios

25 Dec

The law, AB 394, was sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), and was signed in 1999 by then Governor Gray Davis.There have been several failed attempts to block the law because of support from legislators, public support, and success in improving patient care.

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The bills call for a different ratio in different parts of a hospital.

It shouldn’t be “based upon a legislator who mandates a number.

It should be left to the nurses.” The California Experiment Today, only California requires all of its hospitals to maintain a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio.

Legislatures in at least seven states and the District of Columbia are trying to answer that question as they debate bills that would require hospitals to have a minimum number of nurses on staff at all times. California is the only state that has a minimum nurse staffing law, but at least seven other states are considering adopting their own versions (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images). California’s state legislature passed a minimum nurse staffing law in 1999.

bag for a patient at the University of Miami Hospital’s Emergency Department in 2012 in Miami.