Quote from NewEnglandRN16
In the MA law it specifically states they cannot reduce ancillary staff.
Yes, was going to reply this to the OP but I see someone beat me to it.
Many of the people I went to college with have posted being vehemently against the law- they all work for MGH and I suspect MGH is using some sort of scare tactic to make them think it's a bad thing. I really don't imagine it will change much of anything at the Boston hospitals, all of which probably already have the ratios that the law mandates or better. So I don't really buy the argument that the law "takes away from the judgment of nurses." If you think the patient is too acute and demands a 2:1 patient:nurse ratio you can still do that, you just can't give nurses more than the maximum ratio.
I also don't really think the argument that "patients won't be able to be admitted to the floor because there won't be enough nurses for them" holds water. I've seen this argument used specifically for community hospitals, saying they would have to transfer critical patients to Boston or Worcester because they couldn't meet the ratio. If it's a critical patient, do you really want him on a floor in a community hospital that can't take care of him? Plus we already have a law about ICU ratios.
Massachusetts has enough nurses to meet the increased staffing needs of the community hospitals.