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Legislation could bring nurses to Michigan

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LANSING, MI (WNEM) -

When you or someone you love is in the hospital, you probably expect the best quality of care. But some have said the long hours nurses are forced to work and heavy patient load could negatively affect your care.

“There is no law in Michigan that limits the number of patients that can be assigned to one nurse,” said Lori Batzloff, RN.

It's a situation that hits close to home for registered nurse, Batzloff.

“There are times units are understaffed and nurses may have to have six or seven or eight patients,” Batzloff said. “And you just can't possibly spend the time you need to spend with each and every patient.”

But a new bill introduced to the Michigan Senate on Thursday aims to fix some of these problems.         

It's called the Safe Patient Care Act. It would require hospitals to set a minimum staffing level.

“Right now nurses really don't have a choice and we don't feel we have a choice. We understand there are patients that need us,” Batzloff said.

Rebekah Warren is a state senator from Ann Arbor.

“In a lot of our facilities, we just don't have enough nurses,” Warren said.

She is in full support of the Safe Patient Care Act.

“This would require facilities to have a plan to make sure they have the right ratio of nurses to patients they have in their care,” Warren said.

Not only would this bill give nurses a much needed break, but Warren said it could also bring prospective nurses to Michigan.

“I think that's what we'll see in Michigan. One of the reasons we hear people are leaving nursing is it can be very challenging,” Warren said.

And for Batzloff, she said the passing of this bill would affect her entire life and well-being.

“It would mean I could take care of myself,” Batzloff said.

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