Abstract Title

Nurse Staffing Legislation

Abstract

Nurse staffing remains a complex issue with conflicting solutions proposed by stakeholders. Consensus remains elusive, with varying staffing policies state by state. Prominent efforts to address suboptimal staffing include legislation mandating specific nurse-to-patient ratios. Opponents of mandated ratios cite inadequate evidence, declining reimbursement, abdication of nursing judgement and practice-autonomy, and a lack of consideration of other complex factors such as nurse education, skills, experience, and patient acuity. Alternative efforts include legislation mandating public reporting, limiting mandatory overtime, and staffing committees and plans. This poster will offer a comparison of state legislative models to address nurse staffing challenges from Ohio, California, Indiana, and Michigan. Arguments in support and in opposition of the various legislative models will also be presented.

Modified Abstract

Nurse staffing remains a complex issue with conflicting solutions proposed by stakeholders. Consensus remains elusive, with varying staffing policies state by state. Prominent efforts to address suboptimal staffing include legislation mandating specific nurse-to-patient ratios. Opponents of mandated ratios cite inadequate evidence, declining reimbursement, abdication of nursing judgement and practice-autonomy, and a lack of consideration of other complex factors such as nurse education, skills, experience, and patient acuity. Alternative efforts include legislation mandating public reporting, limiting mandatory overtime, and staffing committees and plans. This poster will offer a comparison of state legislative models to address nurse staffing challenges from Ohio, California, Indiana, and Michigan. Arguments in support and in opposition of the various legislative models will also be presented.

Research Category

Nursing

Primary Author's Major

Nursing

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Kimberly Cleveland, JD, MSN, RN, C-MBC

Mentor #2 Information

Mr. Jason Fisher, BSN, RN-BC

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Health Law and Policy | Human Resources Management | Labor and Employment Law | Nursing | Nursing Administration

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Nurse Staffing Legislation

Nurse staffing remains a complex issue with conflicting solutions proposed by stakeholders. Consensus remains elusive, with varying staffing policies state by state. Prominent efforts to address suboptimal staffing include legislation mandating specific nurse-to-patient ratios. Opponents of mandated ratios cite inadequate evidence, declining reimbursement, abdication of nursing judgement and practice-autonomy, and a lack of consideration of other complex factors such as nurse education, skills, experience, and patient acuity. Alternative efforts include legislation mandating public reporting, limiting mandatory overtime, and staffing committees and plans. This poster will offer a comparison of state legislative models to address nurse staffing challenges from Ohio, California, Indiana, and Michigan. Arguments in support and in opposition of the various legislative models will also be presented.