Health Care Reform

Senator Merkley Introduces Bill to Make Hospitals Safer for both Nurses and Patients

Plan expected to improve patient outcomes, reduce medical errors, and increase nurse retention

WASHINGTON--(ENEWSPF)--May 16, 2014.   Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley introduced the Registered Nurses Safe Staffing Act, which will help improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients through appropriate levels of staffing, reduction in medical errors, and increases in nurse retention. The bill will require Medicare-participating hospitals to create staffing plans and ensure an appropriate number of registered nurses are available to provide direct patient care during any given shift, based on key factors, such as the number of patients and . . .

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