Nurses survey: Hospital nurse-to-patient care levels unsafe

A survey commissioned by the Massachusetts Nurses Association shows that a majority of registered nurses interviewed feel the nurse to patient ratio in hospitals is causing patient care to suffer and a quarter attributed patient deaths to staffing levels. 

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Higher Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Law Improves Nurse Injury Rates by One-Third

California is the only state with a law governing minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios...the law was associated with 55.57 fewer occupational injuries and illnesses per 10,000 registered nurses (RNs) per year, a value 32% lower than the expected rate without the law based on injury and illness rates before the law was enacted. The corresponding estimated reduction in injury and illness rates for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) was 38%.

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Boston: Patient Safety Act Gets Legislators’ Support

Boston has some of the finest hospitals in the United States, but patients may still be receiving sub-standard care according to Massachusetts Nurses Association spokesman David Schildmeier....

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Massachusetts ranks fourth-worst for hospital readmissions

The Bay State had the fourth-worst rate of hospital readmissions in the nation last year, according to a Kaiser Health News report.

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Efforts to regulate CEO pay gain traction

The chief executive of TJX Cos. makes 378 times what the average worker at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls takes home.

The soaring pay of corporate chief executives is spurring efforts to pass laws to limit their compensation and close the widening gap in earnings between workers and top executives.

Such laws have been proposed in at least three states, including Massachusetts, as well as in Switzerland. Proponents have yet to succeed in enacting these measures, but they vow to keep pressing the issue.

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MA Hospitals’ Emergency Room Waiting Times Among Worst in US

Out of all the states in the nation, only Delaware and Rhode Island fare worse, where the average wait times are 43 minutes and 38 minutes respectively. Washington DC ranks the worst in the United States, having an average wait time of 48 minutes. Massachusetts average wait time is 37 minutes, according to a national ranking produced by ProPublica.

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Nurses union says Brigham and Women’s cutting staff to unsafe levels

The union that represents nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has accused the hospital of cutting on-duty staff to unsafe levels that put critically ill patients at risk.

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What nurses want to be Ebola safe, care for cases, protect others

When Karen Higgins, a registered nurse at Boston Medical Center and co-president of National Nurses United, testified before Thursday's hearing of the Joint Committee on Public Health of the Massachusetts Legislature, she said the largest's nurse union in the country does not believe CDC-approved gear for Ebola is sufficient "protection for frontline health care workers."

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Mass. Hospital Staffing Law Takes Effect

A new state law sets strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital intensive care units can be assigned to at a given time. The law, approved by the Legislature in June, took effect this week in Massachusetts.

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Mass. nurses tout new staffing law amid national concern about Ebola readiness

A statewide nurses group on Wednesday touted implementation of a new staffing law as critical to patient safety, while a national nurses group warned hospitals are not prepared to deal with the Ebola virus.

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