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Capitol Health Call
May 12, 2015

Bill Takes Aim at Nationwide Shortage of Nurses

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JAMA. 2015;313(18):1787. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3747

The National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act, introduced March 25, would establish minimum registered nurse–to-patient ratios in hospitals, protect nurses’ rights to advocate on behalf of their patients, and invest in training and retraining nurses to address the nationwide shortage.

The bill, introduced by Sen Barbara Boxer (D, Calif), Sen Sherrod Brown (D, Ohio), and Rep Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill), would also implement licensed practical nurse staffing requirements to promote quality care and patient safety. The bill is supported by National Nurses United, the California Nurses Association, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.