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We work 12-hour shifts with no relief nurse. When we cover each other during meal breaks, is this against the state law for patient-to-nurse ratio and is it safe patient care?

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Dear Donna,

I’m employed in a hospital on the med/surg telemetry unit and assigned four to five patients. The staff RNs work 12-hour shifts with no relief nurse. Instead, we are supposed to cover each other during meal breaks. Is this against the state law for patient-to-nurse ratio and is this considered safe patient care?

Margaret

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Margaret,

For your question, I consulted Nancy Brent, RN, JD. She provides advice and additional resources along with some additional concerns. Read her response here http://News.Nurse.com/Apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012121031002

To find a nurse attorney in your area, ask around, get a referral from your state chapter of the American Nurses Association (www.nursingworld.org, whether or not you are a member) or get a referral through the American Association of Nurse Attorneys (www.taana.org).

Best wishes,
Donna

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