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Vermont law posts nurse-patient ratios.

A law signed by Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas in May requires all hospitals in the state to publicly post the nurse-to-patient ratio for every unit and shift.

The required daily posting applies to registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse assistants. The law requires ratios to be posted daily and also provided upon request.

The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals was a strong supporter of the law, which seeks to allay concerns about inadequate nurse staffing levels that can lead to inadequate care and medical errors.

While federal law requires nursing homes to post staffing levels, only a few states have laws pertaining to nurse staffing levels in hospitals.
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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Arias, Donya C.
Publication:The Nation's Health
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1VT
Date:Aug 1, 2006
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