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New Nurse Staffing Ratios Will Have Major Impact

SACRAMENTO (AP) __ Hospital industry officials say a judge´s ruling that Governor Schwarzenegger illegally delayed new nurse staffing ratios will have a major impact.

They say it could prod many among California´s 400 hospitals within about ten days to boost their staffs by an estimated four-thousand nurses to meet the new ratios. Late last year, the Schwarzenegger administration estimated the new ratios would require more than 23-hundred more nurses. In a significant blow to Schwarzenegger, a Sacramento judge ruled late Friday that the governor illegally delayed the state law requiring California hospitals to raise staffing ratios to one nurse for each five patients.

Schwarzenegger´s secretary of health and human services says the administration “strongly rejects” the ruling and will try to stop it from immediately taking effect.