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Nurses rally in DC calling for better nurse-to-patient ratios

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WASHINGTON (Circa) - Nurse from around the country are heading to the nation's capital today to call attention to understaffing in medical facilities.

Approximately 2,000 nurses will take part in Thursday's rally and advocate for legislation that establishes improved nurse-to-patient ratios.

On the rally's website, the organization states "unsafe staffing also creates unhealthy and unsafe environments for nurses to practice, and contributes to nurse burnout."

The two bills, the rally supports Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2017, propose federally mandating "requirements for nurse-to-patient staffing ratios."

This legislation will amend the Public Health Service Act to implement the proposed changes.

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