Michigan Radio | Stateside: Michigan Hospitals Push Back Against Bills to Set Nurse-to-Patient Ratio and Mandatory Overtime
Posted on February 14, 2018
In a Feb. 13, 2018, interview on Michigan Radio's Stateside program, Sam Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety & Quality, at the MHA and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, discusses hospitals' concerns with a package of bills that would institute mandatory nurse-staffing ratios. The MHA currently opposes the package, which is commonly referred to a the Safe Patient Care Act, since the proposal attempts to legislate clincial patient care as opposed to leaving care decisions up to hospitals and healthcare professionals at the local level.
In addressing the issues surrounding mandatory nurse staffing ratios, Watson also provides an overview of the work currently underway in Michigan hospitals to increase patient safety and enhance the quality of care, an effort the MHA Keystone Center has been involved with since its inception 15 years ago. This work includes involving all members of a clinical care team in preventing and reducing adverse events and stengthening the safety culture at local hospitals.
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