My first post under my Nursing tab is something near and dear to my heart.  Something I advocate all the time for. I have written letters to Congressman and Senators to make a change.  I am part of a national legislative committee.  This is issue is important!


Nurses take DC is a nurse-driven movement to make patient ratios a reality for all nurses in the United States.

This year nurses will gather in Washington, DC for a National Rally to raise public awareness regarding the importance of safe nurse-to-patient ratios and to support pending legislation. The goal is to raise public awareness regarding the importance of safe nurse-to-patient ratios and to support PENDING legislation.

State staffing laws tend to fall into one of three general approaches:

  • The first is to require hospitals to have a nurse driven staffing committee which create staffing plans that reflect the needs of the patient population and match the skills and experience of the staff.
  • The second approach is for legislators to mandate specific nurse to patient ratios in legislation or regulation.
  • A third approach is requiring facilities to disclose staffing levels to the public and /or a regulatory body.

States with Staffing Laws
14 states currently addressed nurse staffing in hospitals in law / regulations: CA, CT, IL, MA, MN, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, RI, TX, VT, and WA.

  • 7 states require hospitals to have staffing committees responsible for plans (nurse-driven ratios) and staffing policy – CT, IL, NV, OH, OR, TX, WA.
  • CA is the only state that stipulates in law and regulations a required minimum nurse to patient ratios to be maintained at all times by unit. MA passed a law specific to ICU requiring a 1:1 or 1:2 nurse to patient ratio depending on stability of the patient.
  • MN requires a CNO or designee develop a core staffing plan with input from others. The requirements are similar to Joint Commission standards.
  • 5 states require some form of disclosure and / or public reporting – IL, NJ, NY, RI, VT 

#NursesTakeDC 2017: May 4-5, 2017

Thursday May 4th: Patient Safety Conference: Nurses Resuscitating Healthcare
The 2017 Patient Safety: Nurses Resuscitating Health Care Conference , will take place on May 4th 11a-6p at the Hilton Mark-Alexandria in Virginia. Join  #NursesTakeDC and thought leaders in the healthcare industry to challenge and educate Nurses and industry professionals with an innovative program of tutorials, talks, panels and in-depth content that will inspire, educate and empower.

Friday, May 5th: Nurses Rally on the Steps of the Capitol
The 2017 Rally for Nurse-Patient Ratios , will take place on May 5th 11a-4p at the Capitol Building, in Washington, DC. #NursesTakeDC , a grassroots movement led by Show Me Your Stethoscope, is organizing thousands of nurses across the country to rally in Washington DC to demand Safe Nursing-Patient Ratios to save the lives of our patients and the nursing profession. #NursesTakeDC is calling for the passing of the Bill HR1602 & S864 that provides nurse patient ratios.

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