Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Dave Jamieson, Huffington Post, June 16, 2012 One labor union’s position on nurse-to-patient ratios in California hospitals has outraged other unions that represent registered nurses in the state. In California, hospitals are required by law to maintain certain nurse-to-patient ratios at all times - a hard-won legal stipulation that went into effect in 2004 and has wide support among nurses as well as patient advocates in the state. Although labor groups also strongly back the ratio law, the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) ... signaled this week that ... Health