The Nurses Association 's State Government Affairs Program Monitoring

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Safe Staffing in Nursing
The American Nurses Association’s State Government Affairs program monitors numerous nursing and healthcare related bills each year. They assess each bill for significance of relation to current healthcare issues and trends (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2015). One of the issues being addressed in 2015 is nurse staffing. This is not a new legislative issue, as it has been reviewed for several years now. Nurse staffing is taking center stage in the legislative arena because of the ongoing nursing shortage and the imminent retirement of many nurses. “Identifying and maintaining the appropriate number and mix of nursing staff is critical to the delivery of quality patient care. Numerous studies reveal an association between higher levels of experienced RN staffing land lower rates of adverse patient outcomes” (ANA, 2015).
Sanford (2013) states, “According to forecasters, the United States will face a shortage of 91,000 physicians within a decade and more than 900,000 nurses by 2030” (p. 42). With the imminent retirement of “baby-boomers” as well as nurses moving into advanced practice positions, the need for nurses is a growing issue. According to Ross (2002), “As the baby boomers’ age, so does the nursing population. Nurses are now working longer hours, including mandatory overtime, with less staff in a physically demanding career” (p. 338). When these nurses retire or advance in their practice, a position is left open in their absence. These…

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