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Ohio House Bill 456                                  October 2018

 

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

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Nurses Vote!!!                                                November 2018

 

 

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, I hope you plan to vote.  It’s only been since August 1920 (98 short years ago) that women got the right to vote.  I know we have a lot of men in nursing now but since nursing has been a female dominated profession, the right to vote is significant.  Also 1:50 registered voters are nurses.  We can’t take that percentage lightly.  We have a lot of political power and need to use it to protect our profession so that safe patient care can be ensured.

             Just recently Senator Portman (R-OH) visited the campus at Otterbein University and remarked about the power of nursing and great nursing schools (see picture below).  Legislators realize the importance of a strong link with nursing since we form the foundation of healthcare in the USA.  Are you familiar with your state Senator and Ohio House member?  Do you know who the two US Senators are from Ohio (Portman – R, Brown – D) or who your Congressman (US House member) currently are?  Do you know anything about the legislative candidates or issues you will be voting for on November 6th?  Your duty as a citizen and as a professional is to know the legislators and the issues you support to make sure you make an intelligent decision about who and what you support.

                                                                                       

    

Kay Ball, Amy Smith, and Dorothy Crider-Fleming with Senator Portman at the Point on Otterbein’s campus.

 

 

Know and understand who represents you in Congress and at the Ohio Statehouse.  It’s your duty.

   Legislative Corner

 

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