Each hospital in Rhode Island is required by law to provide the Department of Health a projected plan for staffing of nurses. It is a report of how a hospital will staff each unit, based on an estimate of the future census for that unit. Each hospital has provided a report that includes some general information about the hospital and the staffing plans for each unit in the hospital.
Since its inception, the UNAP has fought to ensure safe staffing to protect our patients and our members.
Safe staffing means many things.
Safe staffing means manageable workloads that enable health professionals to give their patients the time and attention they need and deserve.
Safe staffing means hours and shifts that do not put caregivers and patients at risk of medical errors resulting from fatigue.
Safe staffing means protection from mandatory overtime.
Click here to see your hospital's nurse staffing plan.
Safe staffing means having the necessary equipment to protect health care workers and patients from injuries and accidents.
The UNAP fights for safe staffing in the workplace by:
- establishing staffing ratios
- serving on patient care committees
- limiting mandatory overtime
- creating incentives for voluntary overtime
- developing on-call programs
- setting limits on shift rotation
- addressing unsafe situations
- promoting the use of safe patient handling equipment
- precepting new graduates
- providing continuing education for experienced staff
The UNAP fights for safe staffing through legislation and regulation by:
- researching, writing, and successfully lobbying for passage of Safe Patient Handling legislation
- researching, writing, and successfully lobbying for passage of Hospital Staffing Disclosure legislation
- advocating for the establishment of minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios
- lobbying for legislation to outlaw mandatory overtime except in true emergencies
- seving on numerous patient safety committees at the RI Department of Health
- advocating for appropriate licensure and continuing education requirements for health professionals
Learn more about UNAP's fight for safe staffing.