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Some 1,000 registered nurses from around the country rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday to show their strong support for legislation to establish minimum nurse-to-patient ratios for all hospitals in the country. The bill is modeled after a California state law that sets minimum ratios there.
With signs that read “I’m A Patient Advocate,” ”Safe Patient Ratios Save Lives” and “Safe Lift Now,” the nurses, members of National Nurses United (NNU), made the case that the care they are able to give their patients is being hampered by long working hours and cutbacks so management can maximize its bottom line.
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