Bipartisan bill hopes to help Ohio’s nursing shortage with staffing requirements

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The nursing shortage that started during the pandemic hasn’t gotten any better, with thousands expected to leave the profession in the next five years. A bipartisan bill that seeks to address Ohio’s nursing shortage was put forward this week.

Rep. Haraz Ghanbari (R-Perrysburg) said the bill he and Rep. Elgin Rogers (D-Toledo) are proposing will create nursing staff requirements for hospitals that he called “legally enforceable.”

“I can tell you from my conversations with nurses across the state that many of them are at a breaking point,” Ghanbari said. “They are being asked to care for far too many patients in stressful work environments are leading to burnout. And that burnout is only increasing the nurse staffing crisis.”

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