The labor market effects of California's minimum nurse staffing law.

@article{Munnich2014TheLM,
  title={The labor market effects of California's minimum nurse staffing law.},
  author={Elizabeth L. Munnich},
  journal={Health economics},
  year={2014},
  volume={23 8},
  pages={935-50}
}
In 2004, California became the first state to implement statewide minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in general hospitals. In spite of years of work to establish statewide staffing regulations, there is little evidence that the law was effective in attracting more nurses to the hospital workforce or improving patient outcomes. This paper examines the effects of this legislation on employment and wages of registered nurses. By using annual financial data from California hospitals, I show that nurse… CONTINUE READING
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