Calif. nurse ratio law led hospitals to hire staff, study says

09/12/2012 | Center for Advancing Health

Data on California's 1999 law that requires minimum nurse-to-patient ratios found hospitals with the biggest shortfalls hired the most nurses, but even those that had enough nurses added staff, according to a study in the journal Health Services Research. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing found hospitals with the biggest staff shortages hired more licensed vocational nurses, and the overall effects of the ratios on quality of care were unclear.

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