One of CHA’s highest legislative priorities this year has been Senate Bill (SB) 227 (Leyva, D-Chino), which would create duplicative and mandatory fines for hospitals if they do not meet required nurse staffing ratios. With help from member hospitals, our advocacy generated key amendments last week, including:
An exemption for hospitals that — in response to an unforeseeable and uncontrollable fluctuation — promptly make an effort to maintain staffing requirements
A 50% reduction in the fines (now $15,000 for the first violation and $30,000 subsequently)
A reduction in the length of time required to revert to a first violation (lowered from six years to three)
On July 8 from 10-11:30 a.m. (PT), the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) will host a webinar about its enforcement program, covering:
What constitutes a violation
Complaint intake and investigative processes
Types of discipline that can be imposed on a licensee
The intervention program and different types of probation
Questions should be directed to [email protected]
A CHA-supported bill that would allow nurse practitioners (NPs) to practice to the full extent of their education and training – AB 890 (Wood, D-Santa Rosa) – passed the Assembly Committee on Business and Professions today.
Earlier this week, CHA sent an Advocacy Alert to hospital leaders about Senate Bill 227 (Leyva, D-Chino), a bill that would create significant penalties for hospitals that do not meet nurse staffing ratios. CHA urges hospital leaders to contact their representatives about this harmful bill, which would increase costs without providing any benefit to patients.
A new report identifies the clinical capacity of and training needs for the state’s nursing workforce, particularly RN surpluses and shortages by region. The report is the culmination of a landmark initiative to identify innovative solutions for the most challenging nursing education issues facing California.