senate Bill S1634

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Establishes the "Safe Staffing for Hospital Care Act"

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S1634 - Details

Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 28-F ยงยง2899-aa - 2899-ee, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S1134
2009-2010: S1780

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

S1634 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E


                             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"


  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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