S.1132 - Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Merkley, Jeff [D-OR] (Introduced 04/29/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Finance|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 04/29/2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.1132 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (04/29/2015)
Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015
Amends title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require each Medicare participating hospital to implement a hospital-wide staffing plan for nursing services furnished in the hospital.
Requires the plan to require that an appropriate number of registered nurses provide direct patient care in each unit and on each shift of the hospital to ensure staffing levels that: (1) address the unique characteristics of the patients and hospital units; and (2) result in the delivery of safe, quality patient care consistent with specified requirements.
Requires each participating hospital to establish a hospital nurse staffing committee which shall implement such plan.
Specifies civil monetary and other penalties for violation of the requirements of this Act.
Sets forth whistleblower protections against discrimination and retaliation involving patients or employees of the hospital for their grievances, complaints, or involvement in investigations relating to such plan.