New nursing legislation in 2017

Nurse Leader Insider, February 9, 2017

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Keep your staff up-to-date on the latest in nursing legislation.

Here are some of the highlights of legislations and regulations that may affect nursing in the new year.


  • The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board passed a regulation that will require health care providers to develop a comprehensive workplace violence prevention plan. These plans are supposed to assess threats of physical and verbal attacks and outline how to mitigate the risk of violence. These will require hands-on training for all hospital staff, and nurses may be included in the planning. This is positioned as a model for other states around the country, so this could become a national regulation down the line. For more information, check out HCPro's Preventing Violence in the ED webinar.
  • Oregon Legislature passed nurse staffing legislation that took effect in January of this year. The legislation requires the creation of nurse staffing committees (comprised of nurses and nurse managers) to develop and approve staffing plans in their hospital. The law also limits mandatory overtime and outlines a mediation process to resolve disagreements.
  • The National Council of State Boards of Nursing have developed an Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact, which will allow nurses to provide telehealth nursing services and emergency responses in fellow compact states without seeking an additional license. The compact is currently passed in 10 states, and is expected to pass in more states in 2017.

You can find more information on regulation and legislative changes in nursing here.

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