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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 30, 2023 10:01 AM
From: Representative Bridget M. Kosierowski
To: All House members
Subject: Transparency Measures and Staff Reports for Nurses
 

Last year, over one-third of nurses planned to quit their jobs because of burnout, poor schedules, and low staffing levels. We’ve seen the demand for health services increase – the nursing staff of these health care providers have been working without a break to provide much needed services that are in high demand. By 2025, the United States could be short 450,000 nurses to meet this demand. When nurses are forced to care for too many patients at the same time, nurses get burned out and patients risk complications, longer stays, and a tougher road to recovery.
 
To address this issue, I am introducing legislation to implement nursing staff reports and other transparency measures in health care facilities. Through daily and quarterly staff reports, we can see the level of staffing for nursing care, including nurse-to-patient ratios, complaints, and staff turnover rates. The daily reports will be posted publicly inside the health care facility and reviewed quarterly by the Department of Health for assessment. These transparency measures will help overworked nurses, deliver better patient outcomes, and build a healthier future.
 
Safe staffing saves lives. A strong nursing workforce is absolutely necessary to take care of our families and loved ones who are sick. We need to provide sustainable working conditions nurses can succeed in. Please join me in sponsoring this important legislation to ensure our nurses can provide the quality care Pennsylvanians deserve.