To: The New Mexico State House, The New Mexico State Senate, and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Patient-Safe Staffing Act Listens to Nurses

Senate Bill 670 is being heard in legislative committees this week and next during this 54th New Mexico legislative session. Our state could be the 15th to address the number of patients nurses are assigned. Direct Care Nurses will stipulate their boundaries. Trucks have limits, bridges have limits and nurses have limits - when nurse shifts are understaffed, patients suffer. Nurses will set their limits if SB 670 is passed into law

Why is this important?

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US. Instead of becoming well, hospital stays are lengthened because there are not enough nurses at the bedside to do the critical work nurses do. Nurses are leaving the hospital bedside because of dissatisfaction and burnout. The public has the backs of Nurses with an 84% rating as the most trusted profession. Listen to a nurse.


Reasons for signing

  • Numbers matter when it comes to safety. Just ask a nurse.
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  • Ratios will not help small hospitals but having nurse committees making acuity -staffing plans based off the census, nurse experience, available resources and other staff present ie. Pharmacy and respiratory services not available at night to help us provide better, safer care to our patients.

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