AMN Healthcare recently published their 2023 Survey of Registered Nurses (RNs) that illustrates the magnitude of the nursing crisis that the country is facing—which RNs expect will worsen over the next five years. Nursing advocates in California are continuing to promote legislation that would help address the challenges outlined in the survey. The survey reveals … Read more

On March 20th, the California Nurses Association joined Asm. Matt Haney (D – San Francisco) outside of St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco to welcome the introduction of Assembly Bill 1001. The bill would create standards and procedures for hospitals to ensure staffing levels are available to immediately respond to behavioral health emergencies in … Read more

Oregon hospitals are experiencing drastic staffing shortages, but healthcare professionals disagree on whether minimum nurse-to-patient staffing standards should be implemented.     Members of the House Committee on Behavioral Health and Health Care discussed a bill that aims to implement staffing standards this week. House Bill 2697 would establish minimum standards for staffing plans for … Read more

Senators discussed bills that aim to supplement Washington’s nursing workforce Wednesday during a Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee meeting.     Senate Bill 5498 would establish the Nurse Loan Repayment Assistance Program under the Washington Health Corps for nurses at participating employers. Participating employers would include hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, ambulatory … Read more

A bill that would expand what constitutes an “injury” meriting workers’ compensation for hospital workers has passed the California Senate and awaits further deliberation in the Assembly. SB 213 would expand these types of injuries to include infectious diseases, cancer, and respiratory illness—including COVID-19.  The bill would also provide “rebuttable presumption” of workers’ compensation, meaning … Read more

After Colorado health care organizations issued a statement last week calling for a statewide vaccine mandate for health care workers, Gov. Jared Polis followed suit on Tuesday, asking the Colorado Board of Health to expedite its rulemaking process to implement a vaccine requirement. The mandate would apply to staff who serve Colorado’s vulnerable populations and … Read more