MHA Addresses Nurse Staffing Ratio Legislation

MHA CEO Brian Peters

The MHA responded to several media requests the week of July 19 in response to a press release shared by the Michigan Nurses Association advocating for legislation introduced earlier this year that would mandate nurse staffing ratios for hospitals.

The MHA shared a statement from MHA CEO Brian Peters with news organizations. The statement or portions of it were included in stories by WNEM TV5, WXYZ DetroitWWMT-TVWLNS TV-6 and State of Reform.

The full statement appears below:

“The MHA recognizes and appreciates the outstanding work of Michigan nurses, especially during the pandemic. However, we do not support legislation that would institute government-mandated staffing ratios. The one-size-fits-all approach inherent in legislatively mandated decisions impacting clinical care typically fails to recognize the complexity of patient care and the diversity of healthcare environments. Studies have shown that nurse education and training — rather than a one-size-fits-all approach like mandatory nurse staffing ratios — are the most important factors when it comes to ensuring the delivery of high-quality patient care.

The MHA is committed to working with nurses to improve retention rates, address burnout and increase the number of high-quality education programs and resources available to educate both new and current nurse professionals. Through the MHA Keystone Center, we have demonstrated our commitment to working with nurses and other clinicians to improve safety and quality, and establish Michigan hospitals as national leaders in this regard. The MHA believes hospitals need to have the ability to choose the saffing models that best fit the individual needs of their patients and communities.”