191317 California's safe staffing ratio law: It's more than just the numbers

Monday, October 27, 2008: 5:30 PM

Hedy Dempel, RN, JD , California Nurses Association/National Nurse Organizing Committee, Oakland, CA
This presentation will review the reasons why the California Nurses Association/National Nurse Organizing Committee took the lead in establishing the nation's first mandated and binding safe staffing ratios in the exclusive interest of the patient, and articulate the critical importance of the implementation of collective grassroots patient advocacy and RN mobilization strategies in achieving this landmark legislation.

Learning Objectives:
1. Articulate the effectiveness of safe staffing standards based on individual patient acuity with mandated RN-to-patient ratios as a minimum. 2. Describe the impact of safe staffing ratios on the recruitment and retention of RNs in the state of California.

Keywords: Nurses, Labor

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Chief Director of Nursing Practice and Patient Advocacy for the California Nurses Association/National Nurse Organizing Committee.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.