Thehealth sector has been on the spot in the year 2016 for variousreasons. However, in New York State, what made headlines and became atopic there was the Safe Staffing for Quality Care bill. According tothe New York State Nurse Association (n.d.b), nurses are overwhelmedby the number of patients they have to care for. As a result, theypushed for a bill that would control the number of patients thatnurses served. The association consistently states that reducing thenumber would positively influence patients’ outcomes positively andmotivate nurses. This was also coupled with protest as hospitalfacilities administrators opposed the bill making legislators stay onthe fence. As a consequence, nurses rallied the masses, Senate andAssembly to pass the motion, which is awaiting to be signed into lawin 2017. However, the LeadingAge organization claim that theimplementation of this bill will cost approximately $1.06B statewide.Nevertheless, the passing of the Safe Staffing Act will increasepositive patient outcomes promoting standards of living of people.
Whenone critically examines the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Bill,which was introduced by Richard N. Gottfried in assembly and Sen.Kemp Hannon in Senate (Nurse.com,n.d.).One will find out that it is stipulated that it be mandatory forhealth facilities to disclose staffing levels to the public inaddition to staffing units “with nurses who have demonstratedcompetence in that particular clinical area and who have undergone anorientation for that clinical practice.”(New York State Nurses Association, n.d.c).Moreover, the bill has also indicated the patient-nurse ratio andprohibits its violation. It also stipulates the minimum care hourslicensed practical nurses (LPNs), registered nurses (RN), andcertified assistant nurses (CNAs) should spend per resident innursing homes(New York State Nurse Association, n.d.b).
Asthis bill has met various opposition from health facilityadministrators, nurses have not taken a back seat. They have doneeverything in their power to sensitize the people of New York aboutits importance. They encouraged citizens to email their leaders toshow the support for the bill. Moreover, the association went aheadand cleared some of the myths and presented facts on how the lawwould affect people’s lives. Nurse.com quoted an article that JackNeedleman and colleagues had reported in Health Affairs. It hadstated that “if hospitals increased RN staffing to match the topquarter of hospitals, it would produce an aggregate net short-termsavings of $242 million and the avoidance of nearly 5,000 in-hospitalpatient deaths,” (Nurse.com,n.d.).
Therefore,while implementing this bill it might be expensive in short run, butin the long run, it will increase patient outcomes as nurses will beable to give more attention to their clients. Rose green states “Iwork hard every day to give my patients the highest level of care.But, I can only be in one place at one time. I can only see onepatient at one time,”(New York State Nurses Association, n.d.a).This shows that with the implementation of , nurses willbe able to work and give out their best without burning out. Thus,this will help in reducing the level of nurse turnover, whichcorrelated to inadequate staffing.
Also,the New York State Nurse Association (n.d.a) states that outcomes ofstaffing bill have a direct effect on nurses’ capability toevaluate a case, care for, check, and carefully discharge a patient.Therefore, patients will be keenly be monitored reducing the rate atwhich they return to the hospital and their deaths. Furthermore, thispolicy will enable nurses to be organized and only work in unitswhere they are specialized with clinical practice orientationleadership. Thus, the hospital management will be able to be in peaceas various nurses have been allocated to units in which they can workbest increasing the rate of better diagnoses and care, thus, betterpatient outcomes.
Therefore,staffing bill will moderate the number of patients that nurses servereducing burnout and increasing service efficiency. Also, the lawdictates that this information be disclosed to the public and thoseviolating it face legal actions. Moreover, it states that nurses towork in units in which they have clinical practice orientation.Despite health facility administrators opposing the bill, nurses havemarshaled up their support from public and legislators, and it isawaiting the governor’s signature to become law.
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NewYork State Nurses Association. (n.d.b). Safe staffing | NewYork State Nurses Association.Retrieved fromhttp://www.nysna.org/our-campaigns/safe-staffing#.WGeYreYR3IU
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