4 things to know about Oregon's newly approved nurse staffing law

Last month, Oregon lawmakers approved an updated nurse staffing law.

Here are four things to know about the new law, according to The Bulletin.

1. Under the new rules, each hospital in the state is required to establish its own nurse staffing committee comprised of half front-line caregivers and half administrators. That committee must then develop a written hospital-wide staffing plan and implement it by 2017, according to the report.

2. The law also creates a 12-member Nurse Staffing Advisory Board made up of nurses and nurse supervisors from across Oregon that will report to the Oregon Health Authority on nurse staffing trends and make recommendations based on complaints and staffing reviews.

3. The law requires that the OHA audit hospitals every three years.

4. Under the law, state officials must also initiate on-site investigations within 60 days of receiving complaints from hospital staff members. 


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