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Ballot Question One: Safe Nurse to Patient Ratios, MA Votes 'NO'
The battle for mandatory staffing ratios for nurses may have been lost on November 6th, but according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, it's not over. Massachusetts voters voted no to legislation requiring hospitals to mandate staffing ratios, leaving many RN's feeling unheard and uneasy about moving forward with their current case load.
Research has shown, based on California's adoption of mandatory staffing ratios, that patient safety, patient mortality, and nursing retention is improved when hospitals are mandated to follow staffing guidelines enforced by legislation. The opposition argued that mandating assignments may lead to increased ER wait times, increased cost of insurance premiums, and an overall increase cost of 600-900 million/year for the state of Massachusetts.
Many nurses were split on the decision which ultimately left the general population apprehensive of such restrictions on assignments as well. In the end, the public voted 70.4% against the ballot and 29.6% voted for the ballot.
"We know that right now," Massachusetts Nurses Association president Donna Kelly-Williams said, "there are nurses caring for too many patients, and those patients are unnecessarily being put in harm's way. And the problem continues to grow every year. The status quo is not a solution."
The MNA hopes that even though the ballot did not pass, this opens the door for discussion among hospital administration to address the growing problem of nurse burnout from unsafe patient assignments and the decreased overall patient safety from such assignment loads.
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Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, 11/6/2018
Ballot question One on the Massachusetts ballot will determine regulation of nurse patient assignments. If this ballot passes, MA will be the second U.S. state, next to California, to implement mandatory nurse staffing ratios. Read my post on Question One: "Pros and Cons" and what it will mean if the ballot passes! Stay tuned!
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Idaho Nurse Creates Clothing Program for Patients in Need
A Nurse out of Nampa, Idaho, named Celeste Benedict, created a program called the Patient's Clothes Closet at St. Luke's Nampa Medical Center that provides free clothing for discharged patients in need.
When patient's are discharged from the hospital those that had their garments cut off, soiled, or had problems like, lice, were often sent home in paper scrubs or hospital gowns. Celeste Benedict saw the need and created a program to fill it. The way it works is hospital staff donate clothing items and they are prepared for patient use on an as needed, no questions asked basis.
The program has taken off and has gotten full support from the staff, administration, and the community. Nurses like Celeste Benedict prove that everyday we improve the lives of those we care for, she is an inspiration for others to act when there is a need. Watch the video for the full story televised by the Boise, ID local news program 7KTVB telecasted on October 7th, 2018.