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Legislative Corner  

with Kay Ball, PhD, RN, CNOR, CMLSO,FAAN

                                                                                          October 2018

Ohio House Bill 456

Improving Nurse Staffing and Patient Care in Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio House Bill 456 was introduced by Representative Robert C. Sprague (R-Findlay) on December 28, 2017. It was referred to the House Health Committee, amended, and passed out of the full House on June 7, 2018. It was then introduced to the Senate on June 11, 2018.

 

The Ohio Nurses Association worked closely with Rep. Sprague on this legislation that prohibits a hospital from “requiring a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse to work overtime as a condition of continued employment” (Ohio House Bill 456). Research has shown that safe care is compromised when nurses work fatigued due to long shifts and understaffing. This bill allows nurses to use their professional judgment in determining if they can continue to provide safe patient care. If a nurse refuses to work beyond his or her regularly scheduled shift, then he or she cannot be disciplined by the employer or the Ohio Board of Nursing.

 

If this legislation is passed, then Ohio would become the 19th state to prohibit mandatory overtime for nurses.

 

This bill can be accessed at https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-status?id=GA132-HB-456