ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring general hospitals in the state to seek input from nurses and other staff in creating staffing plans that are to include specific guidelines on how many patients each nurse is assigned.
The law, signed Friday, requires hospitals to form committees composed of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, ancillary staff members providing direct patient care, and hospital administrators to form the staffing plans.
This bill and another to require minimum levels of staffing at nursing homes were both signed by Cuomo Friday.
The New York State Nurses Association said these new laws will help "bring New York closer than ever before to NYSNA’s ultimate goal of equitable, universal safe staffing standards in every hospital and nursing home throughout the state, regardless of zip code."
NYSNA President Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, RN, said “When hospitals and nursing homes fail to staff to safe standards, it’s the patients and residents who suffer. These new laws have the potential to significantly improve the quality of care, to prevent the serious complications that result from understaffing, and to begin to address the gross inequities that exist in our healthcare system. NYSNA is excited to begin the work of organizing—in real time—to make the promise of these new laws a reality.”