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    1 in 4 nurses in Massachusetts said patient deaths occurred due to an excessive patient case load. Read More ›

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Why It Matters

The hospital industry has embraced a “bigger is better” Wall Street approach to health care that is putting profits ahead of patients – ahead of its mission of caring for patients and communities. While hospitals in Massachusetts have posted profits in excess of $1 billion, they are using our taxpayer dollars to pay their CEOs enormous salary and benefit packages, cutting needed services and forcing their nurses to care for too many patients at one time, which is putting patients and communities at risk. 

Numerous studies in the most prestigious medical journals have clearly demonstrated that the most important factor contributing to your health and safety during a hospital stay is the number of other patients your nurses is assigned to care for.  Unfortunately, while Massachusetts patients now have access to safe care under the new law in the ICU settings, there is NO legal limit on the number of patients assigned to nurses in other areas of the hospital.  To ensure your safety in all areas of the hospital at all times, efforts continue to extend safe patient limits for nurses throughout all patient care areas in all of the state’s hospitals.

So the next time you or a loved one are admitted to a hospital for a medical issue – JUST ASK (how are my taxpayer dollars being used to ensure I receive the care I need? And how many other patients will my nurse will be caring for today?)  It could save your life!

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Just Ask About Patient Safety

Just Ask About Patient Safety When a nurse has too many patients, outcomes suffer. A new study in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality shows that when a nurse has too many patients, essentail care (i.e., delivering a med, and re-positioning, monitoring and educating a patient) can be significantly delayed or omitted altogether. Simply put, “Missed nursing care leads to diminished quality of care and poor patient outcomes.” There is a hearing on Oct 20th at the Massachusetts State House on legislation, the PATIENT SAFETY ACT, that would improve this situation. It would require safe patient limits in all hospital units to ensure nurses can provide the care patients need when they need it. Save the date, and be there to show your support for this life-saving measure. #boston #ma #nursing #healthcare

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RT @JaneEBall: When wards have lower RN staffing levels it's more likely that necessary care is left undone #safestaffing #rn4cast http://t…

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A new @JNCQonline study finds that when #nurses have too many patients, patient care and safety suffers: http://t.co/SaxoYciwMH. #boston

Posted Thursday September 03, 2015 via Twitter