- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Hundreds of nurses from around New York state have come to the Capitol to urge lawmakers to require hospitals to meet minimum staffing requirements.

Members of the New York State Nurses Association say Tuesday that limiting how many patients a nurse can handle at once would improve patient outcomes, prevent burnout and ultimately reduce overall medical costs.

The bill would set different staffing ratios based on the type of nursing. The ratio would be one patient for one nurse when it comes to trauma emergencies and one nurse for three patients when it comes to newborn nurseries.

Medical facilities that violate the staffing rules would be subject to fines.

Hospitals say the rules would be too rigid and hugely expensive for hospitals and nursing homes.

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