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Published March 21, 2013, 08:47 AM

Minnesota nurses, hospitals back study on staffing

ST. PAUL — Minnesota hospitals and nurses are moving past differences to back a compromise to track and study how patient care units are staffed.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

ST. PAUL — Minnesota hospitals and nurses are moving past differences to back a compromise to track and study how patient care units are staffed.

The agreement notched late Wednesday defers an effort by unionized nurses to impose mandatory staffing levels in law. The pact cleared a Senate committee and was due to come up again Thursday in a House health committee.

The sides have been at odds for years over whether patients are at risk and whether lawmakers need to step in.

The revised bill requires hospitals in consultation with nurses and other medical professionals to develop core staffing plans that set daily benchmarks for each care unit. Hospitals must report quarterly on their direct care hours. The state health commissioner must conduct a study by 2015.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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