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Kaiser Permanente Leading the Industry In Meeting New California Nurse Staffing Ratios.

Business Editors/Health/Medical Writers

OAKLAND, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 1, 2003

Kaiser Permanente is leading the way for California hospitals in implementing the nurse staffing ratios just finalized today by the California Department of Health Services (DHS.) The 19 Northern California Kaiser Permanente hospitals are meeting and in some cases exceeding the state mandate of one nurse per six patients in medical surgical units. That standard will become mandatory for all California hospitals beginning Jan. 1, 2004.

As the leader in the industry, Kaiser Permanente is committed to and moving toward achieving a more ambitious goal of one nurse to four patients in medical surgical units.

Here are some examples of how Kaiser Permanente is addressing the need to recruit and retain nurses in California:

-- Providing educational and career development opportunities

through special programs co-sponsored by Kaiser Permanente

labor partners, helping to establish the Coalition for Nursing

Careers in California (www.choosenursing.com), and awarding

scholarships, grants and loans to nursing students.

-- Improving the working environment for nurses by increasing

salaries and instituting groundbreaking policies which, among

other enhancements, do away with mandatory over time for

nurses.

-- Hiring 1,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente hospitals statewide

in the last year, while also reducing job vacancies by half

and decreasing the number of nurses who leave jobs by

one-third.

A Kaiser Permanente expert is available to discuss nursing issues. For help in developing a story about this please contact Lea Rubio at 510-987-3900.

Kaiser Permanente is a non-profit, prepaid, group practice health maintenance organization (HMO), founded in 1945. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region has almost 3.2 million members. It includes 4,451 physicians in The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) and approximately 46,000 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals and TPMG employees. The Region is organized into six service areas served by 19 major medical centers.

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