Nurses press for patient limits – Framingham, MA – The MetroWest Daily News

Here's an article from the Metro News Daily on how Massachusetts nurses are tailing California in trying to legislate nurse to patient ratios. This has been a very controversial topic with arguments against nurse to patient ratios as well.

The proposed bill requires the state Department of Public Health to set nurse-to-patient
ratio standards for each hospital department. Hospitals could later
alter the ratios based on need. Many opponents of the bill cite costs of compliance with such standards.

…in order to meet
the bill's ratio requirements, the cost of hiring and retaining enough
nurses could cost at least $250 million in Massachusetts.

While those for the bill refer to patient care and safety, as well as better working conditions for healthcare staff.

"Hospitals can truly not continue their unsafe practices," Donna Kelly-Williams, Massachusetts Nursing Association president, said in testimony to the Joint Committee on Public Health. "There is no limit to the number of patients that I, as a nurse, can see. There is none."



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