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 FY2014. Budgeted 2014 staffing plans were posted on the site in December 2013. The constantly changing needs of patients are reflected in the differences between the actual and planned staffing reports.
To view the reports, visit here
Web visitors can select specific hospitals and see the actual staffing reports for a total of 722 individual units, including emergency departments, at 90 hospitals across the state. Hospitals also explain any significant variation (+/-5%) from their budgeted staffing plans on the site. This is the ninth year Massachusetts has voluntarily posted hospital staffing information for public access.
“The actual staffing reports can help patients and families better understand how important the entire caregiving team is to safe and high quality care,” said Pat Noga, PhD, RN, VP for Clinical Affairs at MHA, which co-sponsors the PatientCareLink site with the Organization of Nurse Leaders, MA & RI, and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.