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On April 30, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) and Rep. David Joyce (OH-14) along with Sen. Merkley (D-OR) reintroduced the bipartisan Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (H.R. 2083/S. 1132), a bill that would improve patient care and support nurses in health care facilities.

When hospitals aren't staffed right, patients suffer. You've seen it first hand: nurses juggling too many patients, rushing from room to room. Patients left alone, in pain, because there just aren't enough hands on deck. Infections, medication errors, and – in the worst cases – patient injury or even death. This legislation would require hospitals to implement a staffing system that ensures an appropriate proportion of registered nurses on each shift and in each unit of the hospital to guarantee high-quality patient care. These plans would be developed by the individual institutions through a committee structure with strong nurse participation.

Ask your member of Congress to support the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act by becoming a cosponsor!


Victory!

On April 16, President Obama signed into to law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The law replaces the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula for provider reimbursement with an improved payment system that rewards quality, efficiency, and innovation. The bill also includes nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists in the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Lastly, it removes a barrier to practice in Medicare, allowing APRNs to order durable medical equipment and document the required face to face encounter.


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Help Protect Health Coverage for Nurses
Health care benefits are currently at risk for 1.69 million nurses because of S. 30, recently passed by the House of Representatives, which would change the current definition of full-time work under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), raising it to 40 hours per week from the current definition of 30 hours.  But you can help us make the Senate understand how this change would hurt nurses and patients – share your story today!