Nurses’ union will drop petitions for the November ballot

Bill requires one nurse for each patient

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Deval Patrick signed a new legislation Monday that sets a standard in intensive care units. The law requires there be one nurse for each patient.

Patrick’s signature on the bill means the union will drop both initiative petitions, which were headed for the November ballot.

Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Shendell-Falik at Baystate Medical Center told 22News they’ll be evaluating the details to see what changes, if any, will need to be implemented on a day to day basis.

“I would like to be sure I’m clear on the detail and we will evaluate that and what it might mean,” said Nancy. “I do think patients and families can expect at Baystate and other hospitals the same high quality care they receive today.”

Despite the change, the Nurses’ union plans to continue to push on Beacon Hill for nurse staffing limits in all units, and will file legislation next session on hospital financial transparency.

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