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Policy Analysis-RN Safe Staffing(H.R. 876)
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An Analysis of H.R. 876: Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2011 BY YOU YOUR SCHOOL INFO HERE DATE HERE An Analysis of H.R. 876: Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2011 Introduction H.R. 876, the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act, was introduced to Congress on March 2, 2011 by the bill’s sponsor Democratic House Representative Lois Capps, representing California constituents.
Representative Capps is considered a far-left representative in the House, a democratic ideology that values and provides support for social equality and the elimination of social inequalities that provide disadvantages to certain groups in a society (Smith & Tatalovich, 2003). The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act intends to fulfill the leftist ideology, providing protections for nurses and patients to ensure more quality care provision in Medicare-participating health centers. The bill intends to provide legislation demanding that hospitals develop committees to evaluate and develop unit-based staffing plans for registered nurses to ensure that the ratio of on-staff nurses and volume of patients achieves equilibrium. The bill, if enacted into law, would guarantee that at least 55 percent of the aforementioned committee members consisted of registered nurses who provide relevant patient care (Healthcare Employment Counsel, 2011). This would, ideally, give more representation to on-staff nurses by providing committee advice utilizing expertise in patient care and hospital operations. The bill, which has been introduced in Congress in several different forms since 2007, despite its best intentions, has very little chance of being enacted into law. Additional policy elements of H.R. ...
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