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Health Aff (Millwood). 2009 Mar-Apr;28(2):w326-34. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.28.2.w326. Epub 2009 Feb 10.

California's minimum-nurse-staffing legislation and nurses' wages.

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  • 1University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. bmark@email.unc.edu

Abstract

In 2004, California became the first state to implement minimum-nurse-staffing ratios in acute care hospitals. We examined the wages of registered nurses (RNs) before and after the legislation was enacted. Using four data sets-the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses, the Current Population Survey, the National Compensation Survey, and the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey-we found that from 2000 through 2006, RNs in California metropolitan areas experienced real wage growth as much as twelve percentage points higher than the growth in the wages of nurses employed in metropolitan areas outside of California.

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