NYC hospitals now must disclose nurse staffing ratios

New York City hospitals will now be required to disclose their nurse staffing ratios, after Gov. David Paterson (D) signed a bill into law last week, according to Crain’s New York Business.

According to the article, the new law requires each hospital to report the numbers of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who provide direct care, and the ratio of patients to nurses. It also requires a tally of the number of unlicensed personnel providing direct care. There is a provision for hospitals to report adverse patient events such as medication errors and injuries. The law will take effect on March 16, 2010.

(SOURCES: The Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, September 21, 2009; Crain's New York Business, http://crainsnewyork.com, accessed September 22, 2009)