Nurse Staffing Mandates Are Not a Silver Bullet
Mandatory nurse staffing opponents argue that ever-changing healthcare landscape requires hospitals to be "nimble and flexible" when it comes to staffing, and that such mandates would to lead to "negative consequences for nurses involving the equity, efficiency, and costs of producing nursing care in hospitals."
Proponents, such as National Nurses United, argue that Washington, DC, needs a law like the one in California, which "has dramatically improved patient safety, brought 130,000 additional nurses back to the bedside, and has helped keep experienced nurses taking care of patients." In DC, 57% of nurses say staffing is always or almost always inadequate there, according to NNU.
Although appropriate nurse staffing is critical, researchers seem to agree that more study is needed to determine whether mandates like the one being proposed in Washington, DC, actually cause improvements in patient care.
One scenario that would render such mandates and studies moot: If hospitals already had adequate nurse staffing.
Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.
- As Medicare Advantage Cuts Loom, Disagreement Over Program's Stability
- 3 Management Lessons from a Supermarket Debacle
- Medicare Advantage Carriers See 'No Choice' But to Accept Cuts
- Physicians to Appeal 'Docs v. Glocks' Ruling in FL
- CA Fines 8 Hospitals for Medical Errors
- Centralizing the Revenue Cycle Protects the Bottom Line
- Revenue Cycles Get a Boost from Simple JPEG Files
- IOM Identifies GME Problems, Calls for Finance Changes
- Employers Weigh Risks, Benefits of Private Exchanges
- Doctors Feel Pressure to Accept Risk-based Reimbursement