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.
WWLP: A ballot question that would set limits for how many patients a Massachusetts nurse can care for at one time is still in the running for a spot on the 2018 ballot. Registered nurses said they’re currently being forced by hospitals to care for too many patients at once. They’re pushing for Massachusetts to set statewide patient assignment limits.
State House News Service: Supporters of a ballot question calling for nurse staffing mandates listed Secretary of State William Galvin on their campaign agenda for an event outside the State House Wednesday and the state’s top election official won applause as he discussed the importance of citizens deciding health care issues. His office then accepted scores of certified signatures from activists who are backing the proposal.
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.