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Mass. nurses union urges lawmakers to set patient limits

State lawmakers will hold a public hearing on the bill at the State House in October

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New rule could fuel debate over CEO pay

CEO pay has been under fire in Massachusetts, including after recent revelations that the chief executive of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. was awarded $36.6 million last year, prompting harsh criticism from investors. Now that federal regulators will require publicly held companies to disclose the pay gap between top executives and workers, concerns over executive pay will probably intensify.

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Study Confirms What We Knew All Along: Nurses Are Key to Hospital Success

Have you thanked a nurse lately? You’ll want to after reading this. If you’ve ever had a loved one in the hospital, you know how important nurses are. Studies show that the amount of time that nurses spend with patients is related to fewer errors. And according to a new study, investing in nursing is key to patient outcomes, including the risk of dying while in the hospital.

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Should the state limit the number of patients hospitals can assign to any one nurse?

Medicine is very different than when I became a nurse. It used to be a science and an art. Now it’s a business. It’s about saving money and maintaining profitability. It’s no longer about patient safety. That needs to change.

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State agency OKs mandate on ICU nurse staffing

The 2014 nurse staffing law will apply to burn units and intensive care for newborns along with intensive care units for adults, under final regulations adopted by the Health Policy Commission on Wednesday.Passed by the Legislature in part to avoid a ballot referendum, the law required each intensive care unit nurse be assigned only up to two patients, and only one patient if that is what is required.

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Nurses, union press for hospital money disclosure

Hospital profits and executive compensation came under fire Wednesday from nurses and union leaders who packed a hearing to urge the Legislature to pass a bill forcing hospitals to disclose their financial holdings and pay penalties on excessive profits and pay.

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We Need More Nurses

SEVERAL emergency-room nurses were crying in frustration after their shift ended at a large metropolitan hospital when Molly, who was new to the hospital, walked in. The nurses were scared because their department was so understaffed that they believed their patients — and their nursing licenses — were in danger, and because they knew that when tensions ran high and nurses were spread thin, patients could snap and turn violent.

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How healthcare CEO salaries hurt consumers

If executives are loaded up with stock options and other types of equity-based pay, they have a personal incentive to boost share prices by whatever means necessary," Sarah Anderson, global economy project director at the Institute for Policy Studies, told the IBT.

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Nurse Staffing Tied to In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival

Nurse staffing levels and hospital work environment have a direct effect on survival for patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrest, new research shows.

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Union nurses decry regs as 'unsafe' for patients

“The regulations as currently written and proposed violate the intent of the laws in a number of ways and will create an unsafe situation for patients, and it has totally (been written) to appease the hospital association and is allowing the hospital industry loopholes you could drive a truck through to allow them to undermine the law on a daily basis,” said David Schildmeier, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association. “No one is being served well by the regulations as they’ve been drafted.”

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