Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, Chair of the Partners HealthCare Chief Nursing Council and former Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, has seen it all in her 40-year nursing career. “I was there for the Boston Marathon bombing, the Station Nightclub fire, and countless other days when our nurses worked together to save lives and heal broken bodies,” she reflects in a radio spot that started airing on October 22 on locally syndicated stations.
That expansive experience gives Erickson a unique vantage on what it takes to deliver world-class care. And that’s why she’s voting no on Question 1. “We can’t do our jobs without flexibility,” she explains. “This measure would tie the hands of nurses throughout Massachusetts with rigid staffing ratios that override our professional judgment and limit the number of patients nurses can care for.”
Erickson is not alone in her assessment of the proposal’s flaws, and her conclusion that it would lead to “higher costs, longer wait times, and less access to care for those who need it most, at every hospital across the state.” Among the leading publications that have published a “No on 1” position or extensive coverage of concerns over the measure: The Boston Business Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Springfield Republican, The Eagle Tribune, CommonWealth Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and WBUR.
The evidence is clear. Though the proposal may have good intentions, it carries too many unintended consequences with it—and voters should join the growing consensus against it at the ballot box on November 6.
Learn more about Jeanette Ives Erickson’s position on Question 1 below.