Kaiser Health News reported on the debate on staffing levels in a bill modeled on a California law that would require health care providers to maintain a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio at all times.  Nurses, consumer advocates, and health care experts agree that the Patient Protection Act codifies into law minimum staffing levels that are needed to maintain patient safety and meet patient needs.  Citing positive outcomes of the California law, the labor union National Nurses United is strongly pushing for the staffing ratio bill in D.C.  Studies have shown that the law has led to an increase in nurse hiring in California and a decrease in nurse turnover due to burnout.