Currently enforcement of the California mandated minimum nurse to patient

Currently enforcement of the california mandated

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“Currently, enforcement of the California mandated minimum nurse-to-patient ratios relies primarily on reporting of noncompliance by the facility, staff, or patients. The regulation did not include additional enforcement measures beyond the licensing and certification regulations that were already in place,” (Serratt et al., 2014).
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Relationship with Healthcare DeliveryNot only have higher nurse-to-patient ratios been shown to increase nurse burnout, it can have serious effects on the health and well being of the nurse (Martin, 2017.)”HPC will also be developing the method of public reporting of staffing compliance in hospital ICUs, as well as the identification of approximately four patient-safety quality indicators that will ultimately be used to evaluate the law’s success. (Efforts Move Forward, 2015)The acuity tool to be developed by the facilities will enable nursing to appropriately staff units and make patient care assignments.MNA disagrees with allowing hospital administration the freedom to define acuity and ultimately staffing.
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Hindering Patient CareHowever, hospital associations and other groups are arguing against such laws, saying they need staffing flexibility and mandated nursing levels could undermine their economic stability and cause cuts in other areas. (California staffing, 2015)They are making the same claims that the California hospital industry made back in 1999 in their attempt to defeat ratios there, saying that improving RN staffing under these new regulations would bankrupt the industry and cause hospitals to close. (Nurses fight, 2018)Arguments against mandated staffing ratios are that increased costs will cripple facilities and cause budget cuts in other areas.
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  • Kristi Dalby
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