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State Rep. Phyllis Mundy
Mundy honored by PASNAP
HARRISBURG, April 23 – The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals today honored state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Luzerne, at an awards ceremony in the capital city.
Mundy was honored for her work on House Bill 1874, the nurse-to-patient ratio bill in the state House. The measure would improve patient safety, reduce medical malpractice claims and avoid unnecessary, uncompensated care while also helping to address Pennsylvania’s nursing shortage.
"Too few nurses taking care of too many patients is a recipe for disaster. My legislation has the potential to save lives and reduce costs to hospitals," Mundy said. "I am honored that PASNAP has recognized my work on this important legislation, and hope that their advocacy will bring even more awareness to the issue."
The nurse-to-patient ratio bill would set minimum staffing ratios of registered nurses to patients in Pennsylvania hospitals. The specific ratios would be contingent upon the nature of care provided.
Mundy explained that statistics show patients cared for in hospitals with higher nursing staff levels are far less likely to acquire preventable infections. The prevention of infections and other medical errors not only reduce loss of life, but can reduce healthcare costs by as much as 30 percent.
“I am grateful for the award and for support of the nurse-to-patient ratio bill. I will continue to fight on behalf of the nurses I represent,” Mundy promised.
PASNAP is an advocacy group working to promote quality healthcare while establishing laws and policy that promote patient safety and improved working conditions for nurses and allied professionals.