Legislation/Case Law

Enacting the Washington state patient safety act requiring hospital staffing plans for nursing services and establishing recordkeeping and reporting requirements.

Morrell D; Campbell T; Edwards J; Simpson G.

This addition to the Washington Patient Safety Act requires hospitals to develop and implement a staffing plan for nursing services. The plan addresses personnel issues for each patient care unit, requires hospitals to maintain records regarding patients and nursing care personnel, and authorizes the Department of Health to investigate complaints of staffing plan requirement violations and to conduct audits.