3:18 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Bill would require higher patient-to-staff ratios in hospitals

Nurses unions and lawmakers want the state to require a minimum number of staff in Michigan hospitals. According to the Lansing State Journal, the bills would mandate things like having one nurse to every four patients in pediatric units.
The Michigan Nurses Association joined Democratic lawmakers Monday in their push to make Michigan the second state to mandate hospital staffing levels, but hospital officials expressed concern the requirement could backfire due to higher costs. Democratic Sen. Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor and Rep.