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Question 1 on this November's state election ballot seeks to impose required minimum nurse-to-patient staffing levels in hospitals. Proponents say it will improve patient care while opponents – largely hospitals and health care companies – say the addition of new standards would cause significant financial harm to healthcare facilities.
Should Massachusetts have required nurse-to-patient ratios?
Comments

10/05/18 AT 02:24 PM
Quite dismayed that this question is on the ballot. Implies that nurses are the only care providers in a hospital setting. Ignores the importance of the multi- disciplinary teams that we have worked so hard to build. Ignores that fact that most nurses have been trained to highly professional levels and not longer do the type of bedside care of 25 years ago. There is no evidence that there is a true safety "risk"

10/05/18 AT 02:24 PM
The quality of care in Massachusetts is superior to the care delivered in California where ratios are currently mandated.

10/05/18 AT 02:24 PM
This proposal is dangerous

10/05/18 AT 02:24 PM
A bill such as this takes decision making away from the nurses who already determine their staffing needs and dramatically drives up the cost of care in ways that don't necessarily support patient safety. Furthermore, the operation of this plan costs millions and those dollars do not go back to support health care. This just means that patients will pay more or not seek care. This is a nursing grievance issue that should be at the negotiating table, not the ballot box.

10/02/18 AT 01:07 PM
There is no flexibility in this proposal. Using a sledge hammer to pound nail.

10/02/18 AT 01:07 PM
Even though not all hospitals can be trusted to provide quality patient care, government has proven to be incapable. if it were we would be embracing national health care like Canada.

10/02/18 AT 01:07 PM
There needs to be a balance but far too often nurses are assigned too many patients to handle with the proper amount of attention and their energy level, tolerance and quality of care suffers leaving the patient to pay the price.

10/02/18 AT 01:08 PM
The margins in the health care field are incredibly high, even with ACA mandated pricing. High profit hospitals need to stop their blame game and allow patient care to be the highest possible.

10/02/18 AT 01:08 PM
UMASS Memorial has socked away over $160,000,000 in an overseas Caymen Island offshore bank account and they cry poverty jeopardizing patient safety placing profits before patients

10/02/18 AT 01:08 PM
Every hospital and every patient needs to be judged individually. Some places, nurses are better able to manage differing numbers of patients based on skill, how ill and the set up of the unit. To have a one size fits all approach is limiting and may place an undo burden on people trying to get care - think rural er -
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