Massachusetts Nurses Association A Statewide Survey of 150 Doctors March 2005. RN Staffing Levels Is Most Frequently Mentioned Problem. In your opinion, what is the single biggest problem in Massachusetts' hospitals that directly affects the quality of patient care?.
A Statewide Survey of
In your opinion, what is the single biggest problem in Massachusetts' hospitals that directly affects the quality of patient care?
Over 3/4ths of Doctors Think RN Staffing Levels Are Too Low
Thinking about the staffing levels of registered nurses in Massachusetts hospitals, on average, would you say that RN staffing levels at most hospitals are too high, too low, or about right?
Some people say that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering because there are not enough registered nurses working in the hospitals and patients have to share their nurse with too many other patients. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Are you aware of any instances in MA where an RN's patient load has led to that outcome.
Patients having to wait long periods of time for medication and procedures
Nurses not having enough time to comfort/assist patients and families
Medical errors, such as improper medication or dosages
Complications or other problems for a patient
Longer hospital stays for patients
Injury or harm to patients
Readmission of a patient
Mortality for patients
Nearly 3/4 Staffingths Favor Minimum Ratios
The MA legislature is considering a bill that would require hospitals to adequately staff acute care facilities and limit the number of patients RNs could care for at one time by setting minimum registered nurse-to-patient ratios. These ratios would vary by unit—in an ICU the ratio would be 1 nurse to 2 patients; in Medical/Surgery units the ratio would be 1-to-4. Would you favor or oppose the legislature passing such a bill?
Nearly 3/4ths Think Minimum Ratios Would Improve Care of Their Patients
Do you think establishing a minimum registered nurse-to-patient ratio would improve the care of the patients you see?
Most Doctors Think Ratios Would Improve Quality of Healthcare in Massachusetts
If this proposed law passes, do you think the quality of healthcare in MA will get better, worse, or stay they same as it is now?
Majority Believe Ratios Could Reduce Healthcare Costs Healthcare in Massachusetts
Regulating minimum nurse staffing levels in hospitals will actually reduce healthcare costs. There will be less turnover among nurses, which will save money on training costs & hiring temporary nurses. Also, since patients will receive better care, there will be fewer complications and they will not need to stay in the hospital for as long, saving money this way, too. Is this argument believable?