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The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act was introduced Tuesday, April 30th. The American Nurses Association (ANA) applauds the introduction of federal legislation that empowers registered nurses (RNs) to drive staffing decisions in hospitals and, as a result, protect patients and improve the quality of care. The RN Safe Staffing Act, crafted with input from ANA, has sponsors from both political parties Reps. David Joyce (R-OH), co-chair of the House Nursing Caucus and Lois Capps (D-CA), also co-chair of the House Nursing Caucus and a nurse.

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About The Issue

Massive reductions in nursing budgets, combined with the challenges presented by a growing nursing shortage have resulted in fewer nurses working longer hours and caring for sicker patients. This situation compromises care and contributes to the nursing shortage by creating an environment that drives nurses from the bedside.

ANA and its Constituent & State Nurses Associations (C/SNAs) in the states are promoting legislation to hold hospitals accountable for the development and implementation of valid, reliable, unit-by-unit nurse staffing plans. These staffing plans, based upon ANA's Principles for Nurse Staffing (member login required), are not mandated ratios. They are created in coordination with direct care registered nurses (RNs) themselves, and based on each unit’s unique circumstances and changing needs.

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Resources

Safe Staffing Fact Sheet »

ANA's Principles for Nurse Staffing, 2nd Edition (Member Login Required) »

Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (Full text, Cosponsors, & Latest Actions) »

State Safe Staffing Legislation »

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