Feb 21, 2013 at 10:59 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are falling into partisan camps as
they deliberate over a bill seeking new requirements on the number of nurses
working shifts in hospitals.
A Democratic-led House committee voted Thursday to move the nurse staffing bill
ahead on a 9-6 party-line vote.
The vote came after charged testimony from unionized nurses who say standards
are needed to ensure patient safety and hospital industry professionals who cast
it as government intrusion in medical decision-making.
The plan would establish a system of record keeping for hospitals and potential
punishments for those that fall short of the standards. Staffing levels would
have to be posted in waiting areas for staff, patients and the public. Annual
reports from hospitals would include details on the hours-per-patient that
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