Nurses Rally at Capitol in Support of Gingrich Bill to Ensure Safe Staffing Levels in Health Care Facilities
The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) held a “Code Blue” rally at the state Capitol to call attention to House Bill 476, legislation that I am sponsoring, which would require hospitals to establish, implement and monitor professional nurse staffing standards within their facilities. Studies show that appropriate staffing levels contribute to better patient outcomes, improved satisfaction among nurses and a decrease in health care costs. My bill would require hospitals to establish a professional nurse staffing committee, comprised of both nurses and hospital administrators. Allowing bedside nurses to be a part of nurse staffing decisions and having the opportunity to use their expertise is in the best interest of patients, the care team and the hospital.
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