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Nurses Applaud Passage Of Safe-Staffing Bills

Posted 5/10/21

The New York State Nurses Association and other unions representing health-care workers celebrated the passage of bills in the state Legislature May 4 that would require hospitals across the state to establish committees to set safe-staffing ratios and impose fines on facilities that didn’t meet staffing minimums.

One bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther—a Registered Nurse—and Sen. Gustavo Rivera, would require the state Department of Health to establish safe-staffing ratios for intensive-care units and critical-care units by Jan. 1.

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