Tex. Health & Safety Code Section 257.002
Legislative Findings


The legislature finds that:


research supports a conclusion that adequate nurse staffing is directly related to positive patient outcomes and nurse satisfaction with the practice environment;


nurse satisfaction with the practice environment is in large measure determined by providing an adequate level of nurse staffing based on research findings and patient intensity;


nurse satisfaction and patient safety can be adversely affected when nurses work excessive hours; and


hospitals and nurses share a mutual interest in patient safety initiatives that create a healthy environment for nurses and appropriate care for patients.


In order to protect patients, support greater retention of registered nurses, and promote adequate nurse staffing, the legislature intends to establish a mechanism whereby nurses and hospital management shall participate in a joint process regarding decisions about nurse staffing.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 742 (S.B. 476), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2009.

Source: Section 257.002 — Legislative Findings, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.­257.­htm#257.­002 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

§ 257.002’s source at texas​.gov