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.
Boston Globe: “Every time you add another patient to your workload, you miss things,” said Marlena Pellegrino, a union official and a nurse at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester for the past 31 years. “Things fall through the cracks.”
Boston Herald: Arlington resident and nurse Kelly Williams was a caretaker from the beginning — she would rush to her siblings when they were injured, and at 8 years old she helped care for her ailing grandmother.
Berkshire Eagle: This isn’t about a statewide agenda, this is about our hospital and our patients. We are the ones who face real people in fear and need everyday. Our patient satisfaction scores are high because we work hard to make each patient feel they are a priority. But we only have so many hands, and there aren’t enough anymore.
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.