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Jennifer KinardNR451July 2019Healthcare Policy Assignment
H.R.2581 - Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2019To amend the Public Health Service Act to establish direct care registered nurse-to-patient staffing ratio requirements in hospitals, and for other purposes.
Key components:Mandates unit-specific RN-to-patient ratios for acute-care hospitals Incorporates an acuity system to allow for bedside nurses to utilize their professional judgement to decide the acuity and level of care of patients RN-to-patient ratios must be followed on all shifts, without averagingProvides strong whistle blower protections for nurses who speak out against assignments that are unsafe for patients or nursesProhibits the substitution of direct patient care and RN professional judgement with video monitors or technologyIncludes monetary fines for violations