assembly Bill A3374

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the "Safe Staffing for Hospital Care Act"

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Jan 08, 2020 referred to health
Jan 29, 2019 referred to health

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A3374 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Senate Version of this Bill:
S6855
Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 28-F §§2899-aa - 2899-ee, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1780
2011-2012: S1134
2013-2014: S1634
2015-2016: A6788, S1936
2017-2018: A919, S2289
2021-2022: A6848, S3023

A3374 (ACTIVE) - 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 plans; prohibits most mandatory overtime.

A3374 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                  3374

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                            January 29, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  M.  of  A.  BICHOTTE, ORTIZ, JAFFEE, COLTON, RICHARDSON,
  WILLIAMS, THIELE -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.  COOK,  DE LA ROSA,
  D'URSO,  ENGLEBRIGHT, HYNDMAN, SIMON, WRIGHT -- read once and referred
  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".
  § 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

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.