As an integral part of hospital staffing, nursing is front and center for California hospitals. CHA works closely on many nurse-related issues with the Association of California Nurse Leaders, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, California Board of Registered Nursing and other related organizations to address clinical, quality, safety and practice issues.
Education and scope-of-practice issues are also addressed in an ongoing dialogue with nurses throughout the state. In addition, CHA has a registered nurse on staff to liaison with the various organizations.
As an integral part of hospital staffing, nursing is front and
center for California hospitals. CHA works closely on many
nurse-related issues with the Association of California Nurse
Leaders, California Institute for Nursing and Health Care,
California Board of Registered Nursing and other related
organizations to address clinical, quality, safety and practice
Education and scope-of-practice issues are also addressed in an
ongoing dialogue with nurses throughout the state. In addition,
CHA has a registered nurse on staff to liaison with the various
May 21, 2019
3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time
A complimentary, CHA members-only webinar
Measles has recently reemerged and risen to outbreak status in several states, including California. This year, there have been four outbreaks of measles linked to international travel in California, with 44 confirmed cases of measles, to date. The resurgence of this highly contagious disease has resulted in hospitals reevaluating their protocols ― both from the patient care and employee safety perspectives — as the disease can turn up in any county at any time.
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
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.
On July 1, 2019, SB 1152 requires hospitals to have a written plan for coordinating services and referrals for homeless patients. Successful implementation will hinge upon working with your regional health care and social service agencies to ensure appropriate homeless patient discharge. Further, the law requires that hospitals maintain a log of homeless patients discharged and the destinations to which they were released after discharge.
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.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges health
care providers to report cases in which patients experience acute
flaccid limb weakness. Nationally, 62 cases of acute flaccid
myelitis have been confirmed since the start of the year. This
rare neurological condition is characterized by sudden onset of
weakness in one or more limbs and distinct abnormalities in the
spinal cord. In the attached alert, CDPH provides guidance
related to case reporting and laboratory testing, as well as
precautions for infection control.
CHA has submitted the attached comment letter to the Board of
Registered Nursing (BRN) in response to proposed changes to
regulations for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The
proposal would modernize terminologies and
certification/accreditation requirements, conforming with current
CHA encourages member hospitals to support HealthImpact, an organization committed to ensuring California has a dynamic, highly skilled nursing workforce. As a 501(c)(3) organization, HealthImpact does not receive public funds, so it depends on contributions from financial partners — primarily hospitals and health systems. CHA and its members have supported the organization since it was started 17 years ago.
In the video below, HealthImpact CEO Judee Berg provides some highlights of the organization’s important work and its effectiveness throughout the state. Berg also explains how to make a financial contribution that will allow the organization to continue helping nurses who work in hospitals.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released
an updated vaccine information statement for DTaP and
meningococcal ACWY. Federal law requires that health care
providers give the relevant vaccine information statement to each
patient (or parent/legal representative) who is vaccinated. CDC
provides the informational handouts in more than 40 different
languages at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/.
Ideally, providers should begin using the updated statements
immediately; however, CDC has stated that existing stocks may be
used until depleted. To subscribe to the CDC’s email notification
service about vaccine information statements,
The California Department of Public Health has released All
Facilities Letter 18-21, attached, addressing lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) training for certain staff. By
Aug. 1, congregate living health facilities and skilled-nursing
facilities must provide LGBT training at least once every two
years, and must train new staff within six months of hire. These
requirements apply to registered nurses, licensed vocational
nurses, certified nurse assistants and medical directors employed
by the facility. The letter also outlines training content and
In response to a request made under the
Public Records Act, the California Department of Public
Health will be required, beginning May 15, to release the address
of record for certified nurse assistants, home health aides,
certified hemodialysis technicians and licensed nursing home
administrators. Affected providers may submit an alternate
address to be used for public release, but must make that request
by tomorrow, May 11.
To update their address, certified nurse assistants, home health
aides and certified hemodialysis technicians must submit a
Form 929; nursing home administrators must submit
Form 514. Submission instructions are available on each form.
If CDPH does not receive an updated address by May 11, the
address on file will be subject to release. For more information,
The California Hospital Association submits Pre-Notice Public
Discussion for California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Article
8, Sections 1480-1486, Standards for Nursing Practitioners
Proposed Regulations to the California Board of Registered
CHA Vice President of Nursing and Clinical Services, BJ
Bartleson, has been appointed by the American Organization of
Nurse Executives (AONE) to serve on its International
Committee. During her one-year commitment, which starts
Jan. 1, 2013, she will be tasked with providing input on
international initiatives for AONE and finalizing the
international consortium (ICN) of nursing leadership associations
that will be explored at the 2013 ICN meeting.
Bartleson has been actively involved with AONE since
1990. A former AONE Board member, she most recently
served on the AONE Future Patient Care Delivery Committee and
Health Policy Committee where she helped develop key
transformational guidelines to enhance nursing practice for the