CHA News Article

ANA Rededicates Efforts to Improve RN Staffing

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has approved measures to rededicate efforts to address nurse-staffing problems, develop violence-prevention programs and advocate for healthier environments. The nurse-staffing resolution identifies short-staffing, which negatively affects patient care and nurse satisfaction, as a top concern for direct-care nurses. ANA notes that staffing decisions remain largely outside of nurses’ control and staffing plans lack enforcement measures. The resolution requests ANA to “reaffirm its dedication” to advocating for a staffing process directed by nurses that is enforceable and includes staffing principles, minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, data collection and penalties for noncompliance in all health care settings where staffing is a challenge. For more information, see attached press release.