Monday, August 24, 2009

Issues in Nursing and Staffing...

State, Federal Lawmakers Debate Safe Patient Handling Legislation

State and national lawmakers have enacted or are considering enacting safe patient handling legislation aimed at reducing sick days and workers' compensation claims, HealthLeaders reports. Minnesota, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas and Washington state have already enacted safe patient handling laws, and several other states have bills pending.

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Texas Considers Ban on Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is expected to sign legislation that would prohibit mandatory overtime for nurses, Healthcare Finance News reports. According to the associate director of State Government Affairs at the American Nurses Association, many states currently have varying degrees of overtime restrictions in place for nurses. However, in most instances, such overtime restrictions focus on voluntary rather than involuntary overtime and exert no cap on the total number of hours worked.

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