TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida nurses are calling for legislation to set minimum hospital staffing ratios and give them whistle-blower protection.
Dozens of registered nurses marched and held a rally Wednesday near the Florida Capitol to support the introduction of what they call a a patient protection bill.
It would set nurse-to-patient ratios for various types of hospital care. The nurses say research shows improving those ratios can save lives and cost less costly than many other safety procedures.
The measure would also offer job protection for nurses who refuse certain assignments or file complaints against a hospital or clinic. The rally was sponsored by the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an association and union.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.