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In the news: Bills to leverage Texas nurses’ power in patient care

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, January 19, 2009

Nurses in the Lone Star State could soon have more clout in their facilities.

State lawmakers proposed House Bill 591 and Senate Bill 476 last week, which if passed, would grant Texas hospital nurses more power over patient care decisions and lengthen the list of current staffing regulations in place.

The bills would command all hospital boards to implement a nurse staffing policy and prohibit mandatory overtime. They would also require nursing staffing committees be made up of at least 50% direct patient care nurses and that all members be chosen by frontline nursing staff in their facilities.

In addition, the bills would shield public hospital nurses who report patient care concerns, such as if they do not agree with a treatment decision.

The Texas Nurses Association and the Texas Hospital Association support the legislation.

Source: Austin Business Journal

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