Safe Staffing for Healthcare Workers

Safe Staffing Saves Lives

When nurses care for two to three times the patients they can safely manage, the research shows the chances of preventable death, hospital acquired infections, and adverse outcomes increase.

Hospital CEOs are paid millions of dollars a year based on financial performance, not how well our mothers, fathers, newborns, and loved ones recover. When the average hospital executive makes 75 times more than the average worker at the bedside, but investments aren’t being made in direct patient care, something is wrong.

CWA healthcare workers are calling on our legislators to guarantee hospitals and nursing homes have the staffing they need for quality care.



Senate Bill (S1032) / Assembly Bill (A2954)

Flyers: Call Your Assemblymember / Call Your Senator / Combined

Social Media Materials

Fact Sheets and Reports

Safe Staffing Coalition


Related Articles:

The Rewards and Challenges of Being on the Front Line of Care

Advocates call for mandatory minimum staffing at NY nursing homes

State to study adopting minimum staffing levels for nursing homes, hospitals

Out of Patience: NYC Nurses Take On Hospitals For Better Staffing

Nurses Strike in New York: Threat Increases Over ‘Safe Staffing’ Levels

10,000 NYC nurses are about to go on strike over understaffing

Nurses At 3 NYC Hospitals Threaten Strike For Safe Staffing

Letter: Proper staffing levels ensure quality care

Letters: Safe Staffing bill allows better care

Letters: Safe Staffing is worth supporting

Letters: Safe Staffing editorial failed to consider patients

Safe Staffing News Outside of NY

Patient infections 15% 'more likely' when nurse staffing low, study finds

Nursing organizations launch campaign to address safety and health issues

Hospital Workers in Toledo, Ohio, Strike for Safe Patient Care

National Nurses Week: A Call in Illinois for Safer Staffing

Nurses Lobbying in Harrisburg for Safe Staffing Ratios

Analysis: US nurse shortages and the fight for better staffing ratios

Pennsylvania nurses rally for law to set safe patient limits

Nursing assistants push for legislation that would address staffing levels at Oregon hospitals

Hospitals fighting against bills to establish mandatory nurse patient ratios

Minimum nurse-staffing mandates benefit nurses, patients, report says


The Facts:

  • Outcomes are better for patients when staffing levels meet those established in California, including an increase in lives saved, shorter hospital stays, and general improvement in quality care (Health Services Research, 2010).
  • The odds of patient death increase by 7% for each additional patient the nurse must take on at one time (Journal of the American Medical Association, 2002).
  • Safe nurse staffing reduces turnover in hospitals. When ratios are blown out of proportion, there is an increase in nursing turnover and a decrease in patient satisfaction.  All of this increases the cost of care (Nursing Administration Quarterly, 2011).
  • Nurse understaffing in hospital ICU increases the risk of infections like pneumonia, which not only lead to injury and death, but also cost the hospital significant amount of money. Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers alone have been estimated to cost $8.5 billion per year (Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research Pub. No. 04-0029, 2004).