Senate Bill 1081: The Hospital Nursing Staff Report Card Act
Senate Bill 1081, also known as "The Hospital Nursing Staff Report Card Act," would require Pennsylvania hospitals to compile and maintain daily reports in each patient care unit. Reports would be available to the public, posted publicly in patient care areas, and submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Health for review. The reports would be posted for each shift in each patient care unit and would include:
- Staffing levels for RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and other unlicensed personnel responsible for direct patient care;
- Ratio of patients to RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and unlicensed direct care personnel; and
- RN, LPN, and CNA turnover rates.
Whistle blower protections would provide security for staff who speak up about staffing and quality of care issues in their facilities.
Implementing staffing transparency was recently recommended by the nonpartisan Joint State Government Commission in a report on bedside nursing requested by the General Assembly in 2014.
Read Senate Bill 1081.
What can you do?
As a healthcare professional, you know that staffing levels are critical to the quality of care delivered to your patients. Studies have shown a direct link between safe staffing levels in hospitals and lower instances of hospital-acquired infections, fewer poor patient outcomes, and lower mortality rates, as well as lower staff turnover.
Hospital staffing is a serious public health and workforce issue that shouldn't be ignored.
Show Your Support: Join HealthCare-PSEA on May 10 at the State Capitol in Harrisburg to celebrate Nurses Week and tell legislators it's time for staffing transparency in Pennsylvania's hospitals.
Take Action: Send a message to help educate your state senator about SB 1081.