'Landmark victory for patient safety' 1 nurse per 2 intensive care patients to become Massachusetts law

Nurses working in a hospital’s intensive care unit will have to care for no more than two patients under legislation awaiting the governor’s signature. On Thursday, the Senate joined the House in approving the agreement that would set strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital ICUs can be assigned to at a given time.

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Boston Globe: Nurses union to file ballot question asking voters to limit number of patients

The state’s largest nurses union intends to ask voters to do what the Legislature has refused to do: establish statewide limits on the number of hospital patients assigned to each nurse.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association plans to launch a Facebook campaign Monday and an Internet advertising campaign in September to build support for a proposed November 2014 ballot question that would cap nurses’ workload in acute care hospitals. Supporters must gather 70,000 signatures from registered voters by this November.

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Boston Globe: Nurses union seeks greater hospital financial disclosure

The state’s largest nurses union is pressing forward with a bid to require greater financial disclosure by Massachusetts hospitals and limit the pay of top hospital executives, moves fiercely opposed by the hospital industry.

Massachusetts Nurses Association officials delivered a petition to Secretary of State William F. Galvin’s office last week signed by more than 100,000 voters calling for a new state law mandating more openness by hospital systems in reporting their finances and seeking to redress disparities between the state’s richest and poorest hospitals.

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WBUR: Coming To Mass. Ballots? Nurse Staffing And Hospital ‘Claw Back’

This just in from the Massachusetts Nurses Association:

Two measures that the nurses’ union supports look like they’ve gathered enough signatures to move forward toward appearing on state ballots next year. One, titled The Patient Safety Act, would set a limit on how many patients a registered nurse can be assigned. That’s been a hotly debated issue for years, including in this discussion on Radio Bostonthis summer.

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