As states continue to address nurse staffing through state legislation, with many instances of success, it still remains unlikely that every state will address safe staffing in a similar way. That’s why ANA continues to advocate for Federal legislation which if enacted, would extend the protection of safe nurse staffing to all states.
ANA-supported Safe Staffing legislation was reintroduced in the House of Representatives on March 2nd. Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Steven LaTourette (R-OH) dropped the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (H.R. 876), which would hold hospitals accountable for the development of valid, reliable unit-by-unit nurse staffing plans. These plans would be established by direct care registered nurses (RNs) in coordination with nursing leadership and based on each unit’s unique characteristics and needs. ANA needs your help to educate members of Congress and build support for this important legislation!