ONA completed a series of eight nurse staffing law forums. From La Grande, to North Bend, to Portland, and many places in between, ONA heard from direct care nurses about how the staffing law is working, how it could be stronger, and what some of the challenges to implementation have been in different facilities. Thank you so much to everyone who participated and shared your experiences. If you weren’t able to attend we’d still love to hear from you. Just fill out the online feedback form below to let your voice be heard.
Oregon's Nurse Staffing Law - What it Means
The law is intended to ensure that patients receive "safe patient care”, defined as: "…nursing care that is provided appropriately, in a timely manner, and meets the patient’s health care needs.” Oregon’s Nurse Staffing Law requires:
- The staffing plan to ensure skill mix and competency that meet the nursing care needs of the patient and recognize the differences in patient acuteness;
- The creation of a Hospital Nurse Staffing Committee to make decisions, monitor, and evaluate the nurse staffing plan;
- The engagement of direct-care nurses and nurse managers, with at least one direct care nurse from each specialty;
- A formal process for evaluating and limiting admissions or diverting patients when (in the judgment of the RN) safe patient care is at risk; and,
- Whistleblower protections for nurses who report violations of the law.
Learn more about safe staffing here
Click here for a PDF of the summary of the Nurse Staffing Law
These forums are the outcome of the first ANA American Nurses Advocacy Institute (ANAI) that ran October 25th through 27th 2009 in Washington, DC, a program designed to increase the political competence of nurses, thus promoting stronger advocacy on nursing related issues at the state and federal levels. The three day event was the beginning of a year-long mentored journey for twenty five ANAI Fellows that have returned to work with their association to advance a policy issue within the state. ONA president Steve Rooney, RN, and Brandy Benedict, RN, represented the Oregon Nurses Association at the ANAI. Brandy and Steve will facilitate these forums across the state to hear what YOU think about nurse staffing in Oregon and what YOU think about Oregon’s nurse staffing law.