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.