A con­gres­sional pro­posal to im­prove hospi­tal nurse-staffing ra­tios

Key fea­tures of the Reg­is­tered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of2015

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Re­quires Medi­carepar­tic­i­pat­ing hos­pi­tals to im­ple­ment a hos­pi­tal­wide staffing plan for nurs­ing ser­vices

Each hospi­tal’s plan must re­quire that an ap­pro­pri­ate num­ber of reg­is­tered nurses pro­vide di­rect pa­tient care in each unit and on each shift to en­sure staffing lev­els that ad­dress the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of the pa­tients and re­sult in the de­liv­ery of safe, qual­ity care

Re­quires hos­pi­tals to es­tab­lish a nurse staffing com­mit­tee to im­ple­ment the plan

Spec­i­fies civil mone­tary and other penal­ties for vi­o­la­tion of the law’s re­quire­ments

Es­tab­lishes whis­tle-blower pro­tec­tions for hospi­tal em­ploy­ees who file com­plaints about the staffing plan

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