Not Enough Nurses, Not Enough Time: The Crux of Nurse-to-Patient Ratios

Source: Pat Muccigrosso, AMN Healthcare, March 24, 2010

How many patients per nurse is the right number to ensure patient safety? Or is it more than just a numbers game?

These questions have been a topic of debate for years; in recent years, they’ve become the object of legislation. California led the way in 2004, when it enacted a law mandating nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. To date, a total of 13 states have introduced legislation to address nurse staffing, and 25 states are considering additional laws.

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