Our Mission is to reduce the nurse/nurse aide to patient ratio in efforts to help prevent life changing injuries that affect staff, patients, families and love ones in the rehabilitation and long term care facilities.
The purpose of this petition is to establish a proposed constitutional amendment by initiative for the State of Ohio to pass legislation that will provide safe staffing measures to implement mandatory nurse-to-patient ratios of 1 nurse and 1 state-tested nurse aide with 8 to 10 patients in long-term care facilities and 1 nurse and 1 state-tested nurse aide with 5 to 6 patients in skilled nursing homes from the current average of 20 to 25 patients per nurse and state-tested nurse aide per shift.
The Ohio Nurses Association has indicated that the requirements for nursing homes do not include a mandated ratio of patients to staff, therefore, many nursing homes set a minimum of one certified nurse aide-to-patient ratio of 1:20 where a facility must have at least one licensed nurse for every 40 patients (also known as residents in long-term care facilities). Carolyn’s Law mission statement is to reduce burnout and medical errors and to hold staff accountable for any debilitating injuries, damage or harm caused to patients due to lack of immediate action to prevent further injury or even death.
According to statistical data from 2015, there were approximately 10,602 registered nurses (RNs) and about 55,100 (95%) licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who worked in nursing homes in Ohio (ltc.ohio.gov). That’s about 65,702 nurses in addition to an unaccountable number of nurse aides in the State of Ohio to provide care to 75,523 residents/patients in nursing homes, which is more than enough staff to provide care for patients. (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/contents2016.htm#092).
Let’s help pass legislation in Ohio to mandate nurse-to-patient ratios and state-tested nurse aide-to-patient ratios from the average of 20 to 25 patients to 5 to 6 patients in skilled nursing homes and 8 to 10 patients in long-term care facilities.