The Michigan Nurses Association is supporting legislation that would mandate specific nurse-to-patient staffing levels in hospitals.
For example, an emergency room nurse, under most circumstances, could care for no more than three patients.
A pediatric intensive care unit nurse could care for only one patient at a time.
John Armelagos is president of the Michigan Nurses Association. He says having too many patients causes stress and fatigue for nurses, as well as the potential for mistakes.