Take Action and Contact Your Legislator Today!
As you now know, the House passed the Nurse Ratio Bill, by a vote of 119-84.
Now the bill will go to the Senate and discussions could potentially begin in September. Some states that had similar deiscussions regarding ratios came away without a Ratio Bill, but rather an agreement that staffing committees would be established in their hospitals.
Read the AONL Position Statement regarding staffing ratios here.
We need some information from YOU! Using this link, please tell us if your hospital has a staffing committee or not - it will take you less than two minutes and will help us know how to best serve you. We welcome any additional detail you can provide us, too!
During the summer I urge all of us to contact our State Senators since they could be more available at their home offices. If you do not know who your legislators are, please use this handy link to find out: Find Your Legislators. Thank you for your advocacy on this very critical issue.
Please make use of the talking points supporting our stance that can be found on the Legislative page of the PONL website.
If you have additional questions, please contact Rosa Hickey by email or phone at 717-487-0911.
Rosa Hickey, MSN, RN, NEA-BC | PONL Legislative Committee Chair
House HEALTH Committee Vote meeting June 6, 2023 HB106 Patient Safety Act of 2023, Sponsored by Mehaffie, Tomlinson, and Kosierowski Regular Session 2023-2024 House Bill 0106 P.N. 1462 (state.pa.us)
YouTube video of live-streamed House HEALTH Committee mtg 6/6/2023: https://pahouse.com/live#Health
Bills in the Pennsylvania Legislature during the 118th Legislative Session (2023-2024)
1. Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios
PONL is strongly committed to nurse staffing practices that support the provision of safe patient care. PONL endorses the autonomy of each healthcare organization to establish appropriate strategies to deliver high levels of patient care by providing safe, effective, and collaborative staffing practices. PONL is adamantly opposed to any legislation that would mandate nurse-to-patient ratios for all heath care organizations.
Read PONL's Position Statement on Nurse Staffing Practices & Ratios (updated April 2023).
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PONL Legislative Committee Members
Rosa Hickey, Chair