Nursing shortage to reach legislative level

Nursing shortage to reach legislative level
Nursing shortage to reach legislative level

The state Assembly's Republican minority conference is calling for legislative measures to reduce a nursing shortage in the state.

Republican Leader James Tedisco says the five-bill legislative package would help ease a nursing shortage that he describes as a threat to quality health care.

The measures would provide educational and financial incentives to attract and retain nurses.

A recent Health Care Association of New York State report says four out of 5 New York hospitals face a nursing shortage. The report also referenced a federal finding that New York could have a shortage of 37,000 nurses by 2015.