|Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
|Jan 08, 2014||referred to health|
|Jan 09, 2013||referred to health|
senate Bill S1634
Archive: Last Bill Status - In Committee
- In Committee
- On Floor Calendar
- Passed Senate
- Passed Assembly
- Delivered to Governor
- Signed/Vetoed by Governor
S1634 - Details
S1634 - Summary
Establishes the "Safe Staffing for Hospital Care Act"; establishes minimum staffing levels for various health care workers in different health care facilities; requires submission of staffing pans; prohibits most mandatory overtime.
S1634 - Sponsor Memo
BILL NUMBER:S1634 TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the "safe staffing for hospital care act" PURPOSE: Establishes the "Safe Staffing for Hospital Care Act" SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Short title: "Safe Staffing for Hospital Care Act" Section 2. Legislative findings and intent Section 3. Creates Article 28-F of the public health law: "Safe Staffing for Hospital Care Act", which includes the following provisions: Licensed Article 28 facilitates must provide the appropriate numbers of qualified nursing staff in each department and submit an annual staffing plan to the Department of Health with a written certification plan. The staffing plan must meet the minimum requirements established in the bill as well as meet additional requirements as provided by other law or regulation.
S1634 - Bill Text download pdf
S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K ________________________________________________________________________ 1634 2013-2014 Regular Sessions I N S E N A T E (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________ Introduced by Sen. PARKER -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to establishing the "safe staffing for hospital care act" THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known as the "safe staffing for hospital care act". S 2. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds and declares that the state has a substantial interest in assuring that delivery of healthcare services to patients in healthcare facilities located within this state is adequate and safe and that healthcare facilities retain sufficient nursing staff so as to promote optimal healthcare outcomes. Recent changes in our healthcare delivery system are resulting in a higher acuity level among patients in healthcare facilities. Inadequate hospital staffing results in dangerous medical errors and patient infections. Inadequate and poorly monitored nurse staffing practices can adversely impact the health of patients who enter hospitals and outpatient emergency and surgical centers. A substantial number of nurses indicate that hospital-patient acuity measurements are inadequate and that many hospitals rarely, if ever, staff according to an acuity measurement tool. Hospital nurses work substantial overtime hours and nurses working twelve-hour shifts work the most additional overtime hours per week. Mandatory overtime and lengthy work hours for direct-care nurses constitute a threat to the health and safety of patients, adversely impact the general well-being of nurses and result in greater turnover, which increases long-term shortage of nursing personnel. Establishing staffing standards will ensure that healthcare facilities throughout the state operate in a manner that guarantees the public safety and the delivery of quality healthcare services. The EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted.
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