Patient Safety is Our Number One Priority
The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while providing flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on specific patient needs.
Worcester Business Journal: More Massachusetts nurses are saying they have to care for too many patients at once, now up to 61 percent of those surveyed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Slightly more — 65 percent — bedside nurses said they don’t have time to provide patients with the care and attention they need.
The Sun Chronicle: As an area firefighter who is often called upon for transporting patients to local hospitals, and as a father, and potential patient myself, I would like to respond to the recent Sun Chronicle coverage concerning “The Patient Safety Act,” a ballot initiative to protect all patients in our Hospitals by establishing a safe limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time.
Greenfield Recorder: My spouse works at least four 12-hour shifts a week because the hospital does not have enough staff scheduled. Every day she receives texts stating the hospital needs nurses to fill open shifts.