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.
Gloucester Daily Times: Unionized nurses have lobbied Beacon Hill for years to ramp up staffing at the state’s hospitals, arguing they have too many patients to care for, which is affecting the quality of treatment. Those efforts have proven largely unsuccessful.
Greenfield Recorder: My spouse works at least four 12-hour shifts a week because the hospital does not have enough staff scheduled. Every day she receives texts stating the hospital needs nurses to fill open shifts.
Should Massachusetts adopt a proposal limiting the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time?
The Boston Globe: I’ve been a registered nurse for eight years, and I’ve always been passionate about helping people. There’s something rewarding about being able to bring a patient from a state of serious illness to better health. I care about the quality of care I give to my patients, but right now it can be a real struggle when I am assigned too many patients to care for safely at one time.
Press Release: Over three quarters of Massachusetts nurses (77%) believe RNs are assigned too many patients; Results shared as part of testimony delivered to the Joint Committee on Public Health.
Greenfield Recorder: I want to encourage everyone in Franklin County to support our nurses this election season as they fight to place the Patient Safety Act on the ballot this November.