#BREAKING: “Yes on 1” and the Massachusetts Nurses Association concede defeat in…

#BREAKING: “Yes on 1” and the Massachusetts Nurses Association concede defeat in controversial nursing staffing ballot question.

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  1. Hospital Corporate 1% BUY their win.

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  2. The nurse who wrote this was spot on!
    Question 1 will be voted on in MA in 2 days. Please keep this in mind as you vote.

    The Board of Registration of Nursing (BORN) and the court system hold individual nurses accountable for the safety of their patients. Not the hospital, not management, not administration!!!. As registered nurses we are obligated to protect the safety of our patients and are legally responsible in the eyes of the BORN. (https://www.massnurses.org)

    Having said this… there are many facilities that try their best to provide adequate staffing and there are currently laws in place to protect nurses and patients in the ICU. There are many times that staffing is inadequate and unsafe. What about the facilities that don’t provide adequate staffing?. When I first heard about this proposal, of course I was not enthusiastic because I work in the ED and I thought ” this is not a good idea?”. After talking to some of my co-workers, I realized that this is not just about the department I work in, but the big picture in the state of Massachusetts. I want to look out for the best interest of all nurses and all patients.

    In addition to being a nurse, I am also a wife, a mother, a tax payer and also pay a hefty premium for health insurance.

    I have a great respect for every one of my co-workers and every ancillary staff member that I work with. I would never support a proposal that I was convinced would drive up the cost of premiums, close hospitals , delay care or cost any of my co-workers to lose their jobs. I would also not support a bill that I thought would further delay Fire & EMS services in getting back out onto the street.

    Hospital administrators do get paid quite a hefty salary and that is exactly why I am confident that they will find a way to reorganize their budgets and allocate money to hire the appropriate staff, maintain all of the staff that they have do have as they are all vital members to the team. I am also confident that the administration would recognize the importance and necessity in keeping all of the vital resources that are currently in place and available to the community.

    I do realize that mental health and addiction services are lacking in the state. It is time for us taxpayers to demand that the federal government does something about this. We need more funding and again, hospital administration should recognize the necessity of maintaining the services that we have.

    Hospitals get quite a lot of money from reimbursement for services and admissions. I’m certainly no financing expert but it doesn’t seem logical to me that hospitals would close beds and services and therefore decrease their reimbursement.

    Every time we turn around, billions of dollars are being invested into new buildings, renovations and marketing so the money is there.

    This proposal is not perfect and will definitely take some time to work itself out but healthcare needs to change. We need to get healthcare back to being focused on patients and not about profits.

    Here we are , 2 years after the marijuana law passed in MA and you still can’t buy marijuana just anywhere in the state. Why?. Because laws take time to implement.

    So Jan 1st will come and technically the law will be in effect but like the marijuana law, will take time for both sides to agree on and implement a plan and work out all of the details.

    For any of my family and friends who are convinced that they will be turned away from the ED… EMTALA is your friend!. A federal law that entitles every patient who presents to an emergency room, a medical screening exam by a provider. Also, in 2009, MA law went into effect to prohibit ambulance diversion.

    When you present to an emergency room, you may encounter a wait but this is so that we can take care of the most critical patients first. I understand that this can be quite frustrating to spend several hours in the emergency department but please be assured that we have systems in place to make sure that the critical patients get care.

    For anyone who say that this proposal is all about nurses wanting to get paid more money. I can assure you that that is absolutely false!.

    For anyone who is worried about a state of emergency such as the Marathon Bombings, a state of emergency was issued for that horrific day and the gas explosions in Lawrence. This law would be null and void on days that such an occurance happens. I worked the day of the Marathon bombing and I was 9 months pregnant. I don’t care how many patients came through the door that day, we took care of them all. That’s what a team does!.

    I worked very hard to get my nursing license and will do everything in my power to protect myself and my patients to the best of my ability.

    For those who say that patient outcomes do not go hand-in-hand with safe staffing, this is absolutely false too!. I can promise you that if you are that patient that is in respiratory distress, having a stroke or acute MI, you would much rather have a nurse taking care of you who has 1 other patient than 4 and if you are one of those other 4 patients, I am sorry that your medications might be delayed or you will not see me for a while or that you might fall out of bed become injured because I cannot get to you in timely fashion.

    For those who say that government does not belong in healthcare. This proposal was written by nurses! 20 years in the making after requests for more staffing have fallen on deaf ears. This was a last resort effort to get adequate staffing in place.

    I invite anyone who does not currently work at the bedside, to spend a day and shift watching everything that we do and maybe you will change your mind on staffing.

    Nurses are the ones who first encounter the patients and determine patient acuity so again, the number of patients that a nurse will be assigned will remain at the hands of the nurses. If I have two patients instead of 5, it is because I have determined that that patient acuity is high enough to warrant a limited assignment.

    Nurses are great multi-taskers but are certainly not miracle workers. We somehow manage to get the job done, despite the vigorous working conditions but I can assure you that under these circumstances, patients are not getting the care and attention they deserve.

    Sincerely,

    A burnt out bedsise nurse of only 12 years

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  3. At least this got us all talking about necessary and important topics!!!!!! This bill was just too restrictive!!!! Yeah!!!!!!

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  4. It is a sad day for patient safety !

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  5. Hope all of you who voted no enjoy your wait times at hospitals because that’s what you just asked for.

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  6. It’s an initiative petition, not a candidate. So conceding is not an option. Please do the responsible and prudent thing and wait until ALL the votes have been tallied and reported before declaring a “YES” or “NO” to the ballot questions. It’s called responsible journalism.

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  7. That’s horrible they need more nurses for the sick what is wrong with people

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  8. To all those that voted no, don’t complain next time you are in the hospital and your nurse has 7 patients.
    Shame on you!

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  9. Happy to hear that it was rejected

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  10. So sad I wish people cared about the ones that care for u

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  11. Fewer nurses who wants to call that a victory. Sad.

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  12. How can they know already?? We are still casting ballots in mendon

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  13. Sad. Why would you vote no on this? It’s as if you want your nurse to pay less attention to you because they are so overwhelmed. Oh well. Sorry nurses, some of us tried.

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  14. Glad to see that ppl think money is more important than the patients

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  15. A big win for the Chamber of Commerce and the rest of the CEOs.

    Bad for us.

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  16. Maybe the hospitals and nurses should work together to try to solve the problem and not get government involved like everything else government makes everything worse

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  17. When I’m in any ER I don’t wait for the nurses my wait is usually on the physicians and testing results

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  18. Those who support this, do you realize that hospitals would have to turn patients away if the nurses to patients ratios were met? I’m sorry, but that would endanger more lives than I care to think about.

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  19. All u nurses got your wish Congratulations

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  20. All my nursing friends who voted no , I really don’t want to hear about how they didn’t have enough time in the day to really evaluate patients or they walked away feeling they could have done more – but didn’t have “ time “ because they had too many patients . Everyone has their own opinions but I’m just saying 🤷‍♀️

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  21. Woohoo! Thank God!!! Thank you to all who voted NO.

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  22. It all boils down to we need more nurses

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  23. Many lives will be saved with this being rejected well done voters

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  24. thank you keep government out of Nursing

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  25. Sad day for patient safety!!!! The NO’s will be the first to complain when they have to wait for nursing care.

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  26. Glad to know local hospitals won’t be forced to close crucial care centers!!! Or closing at all!!

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  27. Corporate money and fear mongering won today and patients may loose their lives.

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  28. As much as I would like nurses to just have a certain amount of patients, because they are over worked— I don’t see it this being realistic or attainable because hospitals being businesses aren’t going to want to hire more staff; I’m sure they have the money but I’m also sure the “big-ups” aren’t going to want pay cuts or would look for ways to cut something else that make be crucial for things to run smoothly. Unfortunately, greed on the business side has to ruin everything and would negatively impact patients seeking treatment.

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  29. So if a pregnant lady is in labor she needs to wait her turn in the ER

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  30. No one cares for patient safety. This proves it..

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  31. Anytime you go to the hospital, you have to wait. No matter if there are 2 or 10 nurses on duty.

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  32. I’m sorry I feel like these votes were rigged how can you vote no on this question?? I’m not even in the medical industry and I know this is a bad idea!

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  33. But we voted yes on the new bathroom bill….why

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  34. The people are ASSHOSEThat vote. NO know you. Can wait 8 hour in the ER

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  35. It’s just so sad that the people that had the biggest pockets just made it harder for nurses to give the care that patients needed! I hope I wake up tomorrow and I find out that the yeses have won!

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