The bill would:
- establish minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios;
- invest in nursing mentorship demonstration programs; and
- provide for whistleblower protections to allow nurses to report violations of minimum standards of care without fear of reprisal.
Several INQRI studies (as well as numerous other studies) have established that higher nurse staffing levels improve patient outcomes, including research led by Mary Blegen and Tom Vaughn, and Linda Flynn and Dong-Churl Suh.