“I have been a nurse for 36 years and worked as an ER Nurse for 13 years in California. In California, if a nurse in an inpatient unit called in sick and the unit couldn’t meet the ratio, they would close the unit to new admissions. Most patients are admitted from the emergency department. We couldn’t close the emergency department, so our ED would routinely be backed up with 50 patients waiting for 12 hours or more for care.”