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.
The Sun Chronicle: I am writing regarding a Massachusetts ballot initiative regarding safe patient limits for nurses. As a nurse who worked for 40 years in a major teaching hospital in Boston, I can speak with authority about present day patient acuity in the hospital setting.
Cape Cod Times: The Patient Safety Act will improve patient outcomes and accountability 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.
Cape Cod Times: I worked as a registered nurse for more than 45 years, first in Boston and then at Cape Cod Hospital. I have lived on the Cape since the early ’60s. I have always been very proud of my profession and have spent most of those years advocating for not only my profession but for all patients.
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.