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.
Springfield Republican: A nurse’s union is advocating for a ballot question that would set a maximum number of patients that a single nurse could care for. The staffing ratio would vary depending on the unit. Angela Ortiz, a Woburn mother of a 4-year-old with complex medical needs, said she cannot leave her daughter alone in the hospital.
Berkshire Eagle: A nurse from Berkshire Medical Center helped deliver signatures Wednesday to a 17th-floor office in downtown Boston, joining members of health, education and labor groups seeking a law they say will improve the safety of hospital patients.
Western Mass News: Sponsors of several proposed ballot questions say they have met a key deadline in their bid to put the measures before Massachusetts voters next November. Petitions bearing the certified signatures of at least 64,750 registered voters must be submitted to the secretary of state by the end of the day on Wednesday.
WWLP: Advocates with the Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered thousands of signatures to Secretary of State William Galvin on Wednesday for a petition that would set limits on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time.
Jessica Walsh was sitting on the bed, waiting to be discharged from St. Vincent Hospital, when nurse Jessica Moore stopped by the room to say goodbye.
Walsh had spent five days at the hospital after major intestinal surgery and couldn’t wait to get home. She was dressed and ready to go; as soon as the paperwork came, she’d be free.