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Governor Signs Nurse Staffing Plan Bill

On August 16th Governor Pat Quinn Signed into law legislation that requires hospitals to provide copies of their written staffing plans.

SB1342, sponsored by State Senator Kimberly Lightford, closes a loophole in the Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act.  Nurses lobbied for the legislation as a necessary step in evaluating whether current state law is adequate to ensure safe nurse staffing. 

The Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act (SB867) passed in 2007 and requires hospitals to develop and implement written staffing plans that identify hospitals' acuity models for determining patient care needs and nurse staffing.  Many nurses have been skeptical that it would improve nurse staffing levels but were unable to analyze the law's effectiveness because the law only required hospitals to post their staffing plans. 

Now nurses and researchers will be able to review, assess and compare hospitals' staffing plans and determine if additional action is needed to improve nurse staffing and patient acuity. 

 
New Research Provides More Evidence on Benefits of RN Ratios

Following the implementation of nurse staffing ratios in 2004, the nursing skill mix has improved in California hospitals and registered nurse staffing is higher on average in California than similar hospitals in other states, according to recent research. 

Many opponents of California's law setting minimum nurse-to-patient ratios predicted that hospitals would disproportionately hire licensed vocational nurses to meet the ratios.  But a major study has disproved that argument based on the findings of a review of data from California hospitals from 1997 to 2008 compared to data from hospitals around the country. 

Researchers also found that the ratios law resulted in better nurse staffing: an estimated additional half-hour of nursing per adjusted patient day.  These findings bolster the case for nurse staffing ratios, which nurses in Illinois have been working to pass for several years. 

The study was conducted by University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University researchers and was published in the journal Health AffairsClick here for the abstract. 

 
National Ratios Bill Gains Cosponsors

Legislation in Congress that would set minimum safe nurse staffing standards now has 13 cosponsors.  Introduced by U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-9 IL) the Nurse Staffing Standards for Patient Safety and Quality of Care Act of 2011 (H.R. 2187), sets safe nurse-to-patient ratios for all hospital units and would also provide whistleblower protection for nurses.

Let your congressional representatives know that you care about safe nurse staffing.  Click here to send an email to your congressional representative and urge him/her to cosponsor HR 2187. 

 
SB 1342: Moving Toward Safe Nurse Staffing in Illinois Hospitals

The Illinois House has passed SB1342, which requires hospitals to provide copies of their written staffing plans.  The bill now goes to the Governor's desk for signing.

SB1342, sponsored by Senator Kimberly Lightford, would close a loophole in the Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act.  Nurses have pressed for the legislation as a necessary step in evaluating whether current state law is adequate to ensure safe nurse staffing. 

Many nurses have been skeptical that the Nurse Staffing by Patient Acuity Act would improve nurse staffing levels because requirements for staffing plans and acuity models have been in place for decades. However, an analysis of the law's effectiveness has not been possible because the law currently requires only that the hospital's staffing plan be posted in the hospital. 

By requiring hospitals to provide copies of their staffing plans, SB1342 will enable nurses and researchers to review, assess and compare hospitals' staffing plans and evaluate the impact of the nurse staffing by patient acuity law.

 
Nurses Key to Hospitals' Financial Health

As quality performance measures become increasingly important in hospital reimbursement rates, marketing and health plan contract term, nurses are evermore crucial to hospitals' financial performance according to a recent study. Published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, the report documents the growing emphasis on quality measures and the challenges hospital face in meeting those measures, specifically around venous thromboembolism. They conclude:

"Hospitals need to weigh the costs and potential liabilities and expend the resources necessary to improve nursing efficiency and provide nurses with more time to ensure high-quality patient care and to prevent the occurrence of the highly preventable and costly complication."

For a copy of the report click here.
 
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