“Our nurses are often tasked with enormous workloads, posing an unnecessary challenge to our medical community and reducing the quality of care they are able to provide,” Pappas said. “I’m committed to building a stronger Illinois with a better health care system, and that begins with allowing nurses to focus on their patients.”
Pappas is backing House Bill 2604, or the Safe Patients Limits Act, which limits the patient assignments to a maximum of four in most situations, although special circumstances can change that. The National Campaign for Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios states that staffing requirements like those included in the bill increase the quality of health care hospitals can provide, lower overall costs and even save lives. The Illinois Nurses Association is a strong supporter of the bill.
“A better nurse-to-patient ratio will increase the quality of health care patients receive, while giving a break to the dedicated nurses who already work so hard,” Pappas said. “This legislation will create a more fair work environment and benefit all Illinoisans who need focused, rapid medical attention.”