september 20, 2011
hyannis-massachusetts hospitals need more nurses, not more nurses working overtime, health care advocates said monday at a press conference near cape cod hospital.
the press conference at noon on park street was one of five held concurrently across the state by the massachusetts nurses association and the coalition to protect massachusetts patients to rally support for legislation on nurse staffing levels in acute-care hospitals.
the joint committee on public health is holding a hearing on the two nurse staffing bills today at the statehouse.
the patient safety act calls upon the massachusetts department of public health to set safe limits on the number of hospital patients a nurse cares for at one time.
the other bill prohibits hospitals from forcing nurses to work mandatory overtime to deal with staffing shortages...