Nurses say proposed law limiting number of patients would save lives. Hospitals say it could cost billions.

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 say proposed law limiting number of patients would save lives. Hospitals say it could cost billions.

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.


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