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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.

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Should there be a limit to the number of patients assigned to nurses (radio)

WGBH: Is it best to legally limit how many patients one nurse can care for? That’s what Massachusetts voters will decide on election day in November.

When Nurses Strike

Jacobin Magazine: California is currently the only state in the nation with minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. When other state legislatures have tried to follow suit, powerful hospital industry associations have blocked passage of all similar bills.

Registered Nurses Unite for Question 1: Safe Patient Limits

Press Release: Groups across North America support the Patient Safety Act; Dozens of surveys and studies echo their voices.

Here are the November 2018 Massachusetts ballot questions

Metro: Voting “yes” on Question 1 on the November ballot would limit the number of patients that could be assigned to each registered nurse in Massachusetts hospitals and other health care facilities. 

Nurse staffing ballot question set for November

Athol Daily News: The Patient Safety Act, which would set a limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, has secured a spot on the November 2018 ballot. According to the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care, which drafted the proposed law, the Secretary of the Commonwealth notified the committee the office certified 18,145 signatures in favor of the safety act.

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