Proposed Federal Law Would Require Registered Nursing Staff 24 Hours Per Day In Every Nursing Home

A new federal law entitled “Put a Registered Nurse in the Nursing Home Act” is being pushed to increase registered nursing staff from 8 hours per day in most states to 24 hours per day. Studies show that only 13 states currently require a registered nurse to be present in a nursing home 24 hours per day. The act would be a federal law to require the nursing hours from state to state.

Studies show that overall costs of healthcare decrease when a registered nurse is present at all times in a nursing home. In addition, quality of overall care is improved. If the law passes it would bring a greater presence of patient care in 37 states that do not already require registered nurses 24 hours per day. For more, read the story.
Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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