Your Vote Can Improve Healthcare

Your Vote Can Improve Healthcare: The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act H.R. 2083, S. 1132 There is nursing shortage in America, which has been happening for a few years now and is anticipated to go extreme in the coming years. As a result of this shortage, many nurses are faced with poor conditions at work. They are forced to do overtime. They experience too much workload and even unpredictable work shift. This is often reflected as one of the major reasons why it’s been so hard for hospitals to maintain their nursing workforce and get new recruits. Also, this is the same reason of the rise in job-related diseases, work dissatisfaction and even injuries, which leads to increasing absences and turnover. If the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (House Resolution 2083 and S. 1132), which was initiated last April, is approved by the House of Congress, this will require the Medicare affiliated medical facilities all over America to create effective plans to solve inadequate nurse staffing. Considered as a bipartisan bill as having approved by the two major political parties in the country, this is expected to reduce patients’ stay in hospitals, decrease the rate of infections, and of course, prevent treatment mistakes, medication injuries, and even deaths. As planned, a committee wll be established in each hospital that will decide the level of staffing for each particular unit. 55 percent of the committee members should be qualified nurses who are working in direct care. The legislation also includes the steps required in handling work complaints and the protection of whistle-blowers to ensure effective implementation. About the Issue Because...

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