Pennsylvania nurses rally at Capitol for safer staffing

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More than 100 nurses gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to call for limits on the number of patients they can be asked to care for in hospitals and nursing homes.

The nurses held a rally and delivered petitions in support of House Bill 1500 and Senate Bill 214. 

The proposals would set limits on nurse-to-patient ratios. The nurses say safe staffing laws would reduce hospital patient deaths in Pennsylvania.

“One in 10 patients will die from not having safe staffing ratios is what the statistics and studies show us, and nurses see it all the time,” registered nurse Debbie Vandover said. “When they’ve got too many patients, they can’t pay attention to the small clues that happen in the change of a patient’s status.” 

The nurses have collected over 10,000 signed petitions in support of the bills.

In a recent survey of 1,000 Pennsylvania nurses, 94 percent said their facility doesn’t have enough nursing staff and 95 percent said they have been unable to provide the best care as a result.

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