UC San Diego nurses demanded changes in staffing for safe patient care throughout the University of California system during a press conference on Jan. 27 at the UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. This demand came amidst growing concerns about the state of intensive care unit capacities after the regional stay-at-home order for Southern California was lifted on Jan. 25.
As cases are expected to rise once again with COVID-19 restrictions loosening, nurses are concerned about how this will affect nurse to staffing ratios in hospital units. With the passage of A.B. 394 in 1999, California is the only state in the nation that has specific registered nurse to patient ratios by law. The law requires California’s Department of Public Health to establish specific numerical ratios for specific hospital units.