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•Readmissions cost facilities money; they are not reimbursed for complications in which they are ultimately held responsible for due to negligent care.
Community Impact of Bill•With the implementation of H.R. 2581, the community will be positively impacted. •Increased patient safety as a result of decreased medical errors by nurses who report an unmanageable case load. •Decreased incidence of readmission and/or complications during hospitalization due to nurses ability to better evaluate patients progress and the potential for adverse events.•Demand for increased competency of nurses will promote safe, quality care to patients.
Communication Strategies•In order to communicate with your legislators in favor of this bill, it is important to research who in your area, if any are in favor as well. •For New York, Mr. DeFazio, Ms. Gabbard, Ms. Moore, Ms. DeLauro, and Ms. Clarke are sponsors to H.R. 2581. These are your representatives with whom you should contact in regards to the passing of H.R. 2581.•Joining professional nursing organizations is another way in which nurses can communicate needed change in healthcare. Many professional nursing organizations have lobbyists that bring nursing issues to Capitol Hill. •It is essential for nurses to become involved in healthcare policy and change as this is the best way to advocate for our patients.
ReferencesH.R. 2581: Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2019. (2019, May 08). Retrieved from https://textKuwata, K. (2017). Spread Too Thin: The Case for Federally Mandated Minimum Nurse-To-Patient Ratios in Hospitals.Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review,49(3), 635–659. Retrieved from https://search-ebscohost-com.chamberlainuniversity.idm.oclc.org/ login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=123824511&site=eds-live&scope=site