The trouble with basing hospital staffing on a one-size-fits-all formula, without regard to actual patient needs, is that it could carry unintended consequences when a patient actually needs a nurse. The potential for harmful delays in transporting and transferring patients, as well as longer wait times, are real. Question 1 would have a ripple effect that could bring lasting harm to real people and families.
In the video below, a mother and Massachusetts nurse explains how the Question’s nurse-to-patient ratios could impact emergency transport and emergent care, what this would mean to families like hers who care for chronically ill children, and why she’s voting “No” on Question 1.
Read more about how Question 1 would harm patients and their families across Commonwealth at the Coalition to Protect Patient Safety.