HAP advocates for policies that support:
- Flexibility to respond to changing health care demands
- Sufficient education programs for physicians, nurses, and health care professionals
- Adequate residency slots for physicians
- Safe workplaces
- Team-based models of care
- Limited administrative burdens
HAP’s 2019 Health Care Talent Task Force is guiding the development of strategies that will help attract and retain the health care talent pool. This work will be informed by the Joint State Government Commission Workforce Report.
HAP supports House Bill 39, which allows health care workers to remove their last names from their facility identification badges. HAP also supports Senate Bill 351, which would add all health care practitioners to a protected class in the event of an on-duty assault, and increase the penalty.
ADVANCED PRACTICE PROFESSIONALS
HAP supports Senate Bill 25, which allows advanced practice professionals to practice to the full extent of their education and training in all health care facility settings.
NURSE STAFFING REQUIREMENTS
Patient volume, acuity, and staff availability influence nurse staffing levels. Every day, hospitals review these and other factors to develop staffing plans. HAP advocates to give hospitals complete flexibility to establish safe, effective, and collaborative staffing practices. HAP opposes Senate Bill 63/House Bill 867 which establish nurse-patient ratios.