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.

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Baystate Franklin staffing takes toll on family

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.

2018 ‘State of Patient Care’ Survey Released for Hearing on Safe Patient Limits

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.

My Turn: Protect patient safety

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.

Nora Walsh: Vote Yes for Safe Patient Limits


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