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: Advocates with the Massachusetts Nurses Association delivered thousands of signatures to Secretary of State William Galvin on Wednesday for a petition that would set limits on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time.
Jessica Walsh was sitting on the bed, waiting to be discharged from St. Vincent Hospital, when nurse Jessica Moore stopped by the room to say goodbye.
Walsh had spent five days at the hospital after major intestinal surgery and couldn’t wait to get home. She was dressed and ready to go; as soon as the paperwork came, she’d be free.
Safe staffing is important to all health professionals,” says AFT member Bill Garrity, a registered nurse at the University of Connecticut Health Center. “A ballot initiative lets the voters decide, and because nurses garner a lot of respect, many of the people we’ve talked to are overwhelmingly supportive.”
RNs from throughout the Northeast Region Join Ballot Initiative Petition Drive for Safe Patient Limits in Mass. Hospitals
Following the Secretary of State’s release of the official ballot initiative petitions, the Campaign for Safe Patient Care will launch its drive for the 70,000 signatures needed to place the Patient Safety Act on the 2018 ballot.