Leadership | 05.24.22
Colorado Requires Hospitals to Establish Nurse Staffing Committees
According to the legislation's summary, this committee will be tasked with creating, implementing, and evaluating "a nurse staffing plan and receive, track, and resolve complaints and receive feedback from direct care nurses and other staff." The new law will also require hospitals to submit the nurse staffing plan to the state each year and post the plan on the hospital's website. Under the bill, by Sept. 1, hospitals will be required to report the baseline number of beds the facility is able to staff as well as the hospital's current bed capacity. If the hospital's ability to meet staffed bed capacity falls under the 80 percent mark in a specified period, the hospital must inform the state and then submit a plan to meet that requirement. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment will have the authority to fine a hospital up to $10,000 a day if it does not meet the required staffed bed capacity.