Leaders to discuss nurse-to-patient ratios

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A hearing on the safe staffing bill is happening Thursday. The measure would guarantee minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in New York hospitals and nursing homes.

The proposed ratios are different for each department depending on the patient need; for example, in an intensive care unit, one nurse would not take care of more than two patients at a time. The plan requires facilities to submit staffing plans and maintain staffing records during all shifts. The proposal allows nurses to refuse work assignments if they exceed the nurse’s abilities or if minimum staffing is not present.

Local lawmakers Mark Grisanti, Tim Kennedy, George Maziarz and Assemblywoman Peoples-Stokes will listen to and answer your questions. The hearing is happening from 6 to 8 p.m. at 2421 Main Street in Buffalo.

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