Vermont law posts nurse-patient ratios.A law signed by Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas
James H. "Jim" Douglas (born May 13, 1951) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Vermont. Douglas is a Republican and currently the Governor of Vermont. 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 li·censed practical nurse
Abbr. LPN A nurse who has completed a practical nursing program and is licensed by a state to provide routine patient care under the direction of a registered nurse or a physician. 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 al·lay
tr.v. al·layed, al·lay·ing, al·lays
1. To reduce the intensity of; relieve: allay back pains. See Synonyms at relieve.
2. 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 per·tain
intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
2. to nurse staffing levels in hospitals.