Quality and Safety – Staffing

Four major business groups have all joined the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety to oppose a nurses union’s ballot question.
Last week, The Republican newspaper, based in Springfield, issued a strong editorial entitled "Nurse staffing by referendum is a bad idea."
The proposed statewide ballot question to impose one-size-fits-all ratios on hospitals would threaten the state's cost growth benchmark.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge threw out a MNA lawsuit that challenged Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination policy for employees.
The Coalition to Protect Patient Safety, organized to mobilize opposition to the ballot question on nurse staffing ratios, has launched its website.
Curious about how a hospital staffs the unit in which you or a loved one is receiving care?
The PatientCareLink (PCL) website, which allows the public to see how each nursing unit in nearly every Massachusetts hospital is staffed, has been updated with the latest actual staffing reports for FY2017. Budgeted 2017 staffing plans were posted o
MHA weighed in with the House Ways & Means Committee as it prepares to take the next step in the state’s budget process.
Opposition to government-mandated nurse-to-patient staffing ratios knows no geographic boundaries.
It’s not easy getting “Magnet” designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts has joined the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety.
The harsh flu season has resulted in a spike in boarding at Massachusetts acute care hospital emergency departments.
Representing the best interest of nursing professionals and their patients, the American Nurses Association (ANA) Massachusetts today joined the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety in opposition to a ballot question that mandates rigid nurse staffing
New York passed a law requiring future RN graduates of associate degree and diploma nursing programs to get a BS degree in nursing within 10 years.
Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the union, according to a new survey from United Health foundation.
Nurses and hospital leadership groups last Tuesday announced the launch of the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety.
A new nurse education initiative announced on Friday compliments long-standing MHA efforts to improve both the supply and education of registered nurses.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s attempt to violate Brigham and Women’ Hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination policy was rejected by a Suffolk Superior Court judge.
MHA & ONL letter to the editor of Boston Magazine regarding the magazine's article, "Nurses Revolt" in October 2017. The piece paints a one-sided picture of the issue of nurse staffing and recklessly calls on hospitals to “wave the white flag” during
HB1162, HB1219, SB1265 Emergency Medical Services; Vital Records; Disposition of Remains

Resources

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