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Proposal on hospital nursing staff levels faces snags

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Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 7:00 pm

New Mexico hospitals would be required to develop staffing plans for their nursing units and publicly disclose their actual nurse-to-patient ratios under legislation that has been proposed, but the bill faces a difficult climb in the Legislature.

House Bill 83 would establish committees at each hospital, made up of seven direct-care nurses — not managers or administrators — and four other members chosen by hospital administration to determine appropriate staffing levels, taking into account both the number of patients and the severity of their conditions.

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