Nurses say they’re overloaded with patients, describing 12-hour shifts so packed they don’t have time for meals or even a bathroom break. Hospitals say a new law limiting the number of patients each nurse is assigned will cost billions they don’t have.
Nurses are pushing for a state law that would set a max on the number of patients a nurse is assigned. They say this would save patients' lives, as well as improve safety and well-being of nurses. But hospitals say a one-size-fits-all rule doesn't work and could force layoffs.