Current Status Bill Number:
4481Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19980122Primary Sponsor: J. BrownAll Sponsors: J. Brown, F. Smith, Neilson, Clyburn, Moody-Lawrence, Byrd and J. HinesDrafted Document Number: gjk\21054sd.98Companion Bill Number: 238Residing Body: HouseCurrent Committee: Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee 27 H3MSubject: Nursing home, to establish minimum patient-staff ratios for nursing care; Residential Care Facilities, Nurses
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ House 19980122 Introduced, read first time, 27 H3M referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 44-7-262 SO AS TO REQUIRE A NURSING HOME, AS A CONDITION OF LICENSURE, TO ESTABLISH MINIMUM PATIENT-STAFF RATIOS FOR STAFF PROVIDING NURSING CARE, EXCLUDING REGISTERED NURSES AND LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 44-7-262. As a condition of licensure, a nursing home must provide at a minimum these patient-staff ratios for staff who provide nursing care, excluding registered nurses and licensed practical nurses:
(1) 9 to 1 for the day shift;
(2) 13 to 1 for the evening shift.
For purposes of this section, 'day shift' means a work shift that occurs primarily during the day including, but not limited to, a 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. shift and 'evening shift' means a work shift that generally includes both day and evening hours or all evening hours including, but not limited to, a 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.