Should nursing homes and hospitals be required to have a set number of nurses to cover the care of patients? That’s what New York State is trying to determine right now.
While most patients and their families say yes, the associations that represent nursing homes and hospitals are pushing back hard against mandatory minimum staffing requirements.
Safe-staffing requirements have been talked about for years. The current version of legislation that addresses it would require nursing homes and hospitals in New York have a set ratio of at least one nurse for every five patients. While the bill has failed to make it out of committee in previous years, Governor Andrew Cuomo this year directed the NYS Department of Health to study the viability of the proposal and see whether it would offer increased safety to patients.