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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