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Some nurses are pushing for mandatory patient ratios. Do they work?

Nurses across the country say they're caring for too many patients at a time. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

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Nurses across the country say they’re caring for too many patients at a time. So some nurses are proposing a solution — mandatory nurse to patient ratios. But nurse staffing ratios could have unintended consequences, like decreased staff flexibility. And it’s unclear whether they improve patient care. 

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