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NEWS RELEASE: Whidbey General Hospital cited by Department of Health for violating state Safe Nurse Staffing” law


Violations “may result in nurse staffing levels that do not support safe and effective patient care” #

July 20, 2015 – The Washington State Depart­ment of Health has found that Whidbey General Hospital is violating the state’s Safe Nurse Staffing” law, created in 2008 to ensure that hospi­tals and nurses work together to develop nurse staffing plans adequate to keep patients safe. 

Last Thursday, in response to a complaint filed by the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, DOH reported that WGH is in viola­tion of state law by failing to imple­ment a Nurse Staffing Committee to develop and monitor a staffing plan” and by not giving nurses an oppor­tu­nity to present and discuss issues related to staffing.” 

The DOH further commented that the failure to opera­tionalize the Nurse Staffing Committee, with staff nurse input, may result in nurse staffing levels that do not support safe and effec­tive patient care.” 

We are disap­pointed but, sadly, not surprised that manage­ment at Whidbey General is failing to follow the Safe Nurse Staffing.


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