Nurses Push Albany to Pass Minimum Staffing Law

ALBANY (AP) -

Nearly 2,000 nurses from around New York state traveled to Albany on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to pass a minimum staffing law that would mandate how many nurses are on duty.

The proposal would set out different staffing ratios for specific units within a hospital or nursing home. Operating rooms and trauma emergency units would have one nurse for each patient. Emergency rooms and newborn units would have one nurse for three patients. Rehab units would have one nurse for every five patients.

Hospital executives argue that a one-size-fits-all approach is unnecessary and expensive. Hospitals and nursing homes estimate the mandate would add about $3 billion a year statewide.