Press Release: Senator Elizabeth Warren has added her support to the list of individuals and organizations encouraging residents to vote YES on Question 1, The Patient Safety Act.
“Nurses work hard to take care of all of us when it matters the most, and we should do the same for them by establishing standards to ensure they have the help they need to do their job safely,” said Senator Warren. “I stand with our nurses and support a yes vote on Question 1 in November.”
“Senator Warren has been a longstanding advocate for nurses and her voice is a powerful addition to the scores of elected officials and advocates who have championed, ‘Yes on 1,’” said Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, Cambridge Hospital Birth Center and President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association. “We’re proud to have Senator Warren’s support in this fight for patient safety.”
Nationally, Senator Warren co-sponsored S.1063 – Nurse Staffing Standards for Hospital Patient Safety and Quality Care Act of 2017, which would, similar to Question 1, “require hospitals to implement and submit to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a staffing plan that complies with specified minimum nurse-to-patient ratios by unit. Hospitals must post a notice regarding nurse-to-patient ratios in each unit and maintain records of actual ratios for each shift in each unit.” (Source)
The bill also outlined adjustments for Medicare payments to hospitals, protections for nurses who object to unsafe patient assignments, and stipends for nurse workforce loan repayment and scholarship programs.