For Physicians-in-Training, a Boost to Work-Life Balance
A new Partners HealthCare parental leave policy enacted last fall is helping to ease the pressures faced by physicians-in-training who seek to balance the dual—and at times conflicting—goals of career preparation and family.
Educational Opportunities, Specialty Care Bring Health Equity to Native Americans
Our country’s 5.2 million Native Americans represent around 1.7% of the U.S. population—but only .56% of active physicians and .48% of full-time faculty members at U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals nationwide.
Combatting Chronic Disease, Bringing Food Security to Communities
As the holidays approach, tables across the state will overflow with celebratory meals—but far too many will lack healthy, fresh foods, as they do all year. At Partners, we recognize the links between healthy food scarcity and poor health, and we have many initiatives underway to bring better food to our communities’ most challenged neighborhoods.
No on Question 1: The Consensus of Experience & Evidence
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.
Lasting Damage and Delays in Care: The Real and Human Impact of Question 1
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.
A Question of Patient Safety: A Physician’s Perspective on Question 1
In recent posts, we’ve articulated why Partners feels Question 1, mandating nurse staffing ratios, would threaten patient care quality. As election day nears, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Chief of Hospitalist Service Steven Pestka, MD, has penned an opinion piece highlighting his own concerns with the proposed mandate.