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New York law gives nurses a voice in hospital staffing plans

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation requiring general hospitals in the state to seek input from nurses and other staff in creating staffing plans that are to include specific guidelines on how many patients each nurse is assigned.

The law, signed Friday, requires hospitals to form committees composed of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, ancillary staff members providing direct patient care and hospital administrators to form the staffing plans.

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