RNs applaud new legislation as crucial to health care worker safety Nurses welcome the April 1, 2021 implementation of a new law requiring hospitals to create and maintain a three-month stockpile of N95 respirators, gowns, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), announced the California Nurses Association (CNA) today. CNA was the sponsor of the bill, AB 2537, requiring the new rule. “Hospitals across the country failed to provide nurses and other health care workers with optimal PPE when Covid-19 hit and the consequences were devastating and deadly,” said Cathy Kennedy, RN and a president of California Nurses Association. “At least 360 nurses have died from Covid-19 and tens of thousands more
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