Press Release: Education Enterprises joins support of Patient Safety Act – Measure will protect patients and improve care in Massachusetts hospitals
CANTON – Education Enterprises added their support to the growing list of organizations and committees to endorse An Act relative to patient safety and hospital transparency (the Patient Safety Act). The ballot measure 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 measure will be for voters’ consideration on the November 2018 ballot.
“A nurse possesses a vast amount of knowledge and skill, but it can only go so far” said Dr. Laura Vonfrolio RN, PHD, President of Education Enterprises. “They represent years, if not decades, worth of training but all that is worth nothing if they simply are forced to care for too many patients. That is why Safe Patient Limits are critical and I encourage a ‘Yes’ vote on this initiative.”
Education Enterprises is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. The organization provides continuing education to already practicing nurses through seminars, DVDs, books and even retreats that help a nurse provide even better care for their patients.
The Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care is a broad coalition united in support of the Patient Safety Act, advocating for stronger patient outcomes, and consistency and accountability in our hospitals. The coalition is made up of advocates across Massachusetts, including registered nurses, patients and family members, health and safety organizations, community groups, unions and elected officials. For a full list of endorsing organizations, please visit: https://safepatientlimits.org/who-we-are/.
Today, outside of acute care hospital intensive care units, there is no law that specifies how many patients a nurse can safely care for at one time. It is not uncommon for nurses in Massachusetts to have six or seven patients at one time, when a safe limit would be no more than four patients for a nurse on a typical medical/surgical floor. Numerous studies show that when nurses have safe patient assignments as proposed by the Patient Safety Act, patient readmissions, medical errors, infections and other complications are dramatically reduced, saving healthcare systems millions of dollars each year.