Senate Passes Nurse Staffing Bill

by | Jul 11, 2014

BOSTON – The Senate unanimously passed legislation regarding intensive care unit (ICU) staffing levels announced Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), one of the bills co-sponsors.

“Nurses in the Commonwealth serve an integral role in ensuring quality health care services. This bill established proper staffing limits for nurses working in intensive care units, which will not only ensure the safety of nurses, but will ensure the proper medical attention will be given to patients,” stated Senator Moore.

Nurses working in ICU will care for only one patient at a time, except for certain circumstances. The bill ends a yearlong logjam between the statewide Massachusetts Nurses’ Association (MNA) and hospital groups. As part of the compromise, the MNA agreed to drop two ballot questions set for the November election, one related to nurse staffing levels, and the second question regulating CEO compensation, annual operating margins and financial disclosures of hospitals.

On June 30, Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law.