AFT nurses join fight for safe patient limits in Mass.

“Safe staffing is important to all health professionals,” says AFT member Bill Garrity, a registered nurse at the University of Connecticut Health Center. “A ballot initiative lets the voters decide, and because nurses garner a lot of respect, many of the people we’ve talked to are overwhelmingly supportive.”

Dozens of prominent research studies and reports show the need to set a limit on the number of patients who can be assigned to each registered nurse at one time to avoid mistakes, serious complications and preventable readmissions.

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