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If passed, a new staffing law could improve care and save costs. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act (HR 2083 and S 1132), introduced in April, would require Medicare-reimbursed hospitals nationwide to develop plans to ensure adequate nurse staffing. The goal of the bipartisan legislation, according to the American Nurses Association, is to shorten hospital stays; lower infection rates; and prevent medication errors, falls, injuries, and deaths. At each hospital, a committee—55% of whom should be RNs involved in direct care—will determine staffing levels for specific units. The plan includes procedures for investigating complaints and protection for whistle-blowers. Read the full text of the bill at http://1.usa.gov/1Ix93Oo.