MA dictates state's first nurse staffing minimums
- The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has approved the state's first nurse staffing mandate, requiring hospitals to limit intensive care nurses to a maximum of two patients each.
- The mandate applies to all ICUs, including those specialized for burn patients, children, and newborns.
- The Massachusetts Nurses Association had supported limiting ICU nurses to only one patient each, but praised the new rules because of the inclusion of specialty units.
The regulations appear to have reached a successful compromise to resolve the staffing concerns of both nurse and hospital association leaders, which have long been a point of contention.
"Overall, the commission found a thoughtful, patient-focused balance," says Timothy F. Gens, executive vice president of the Massachusetts Hospital Association.
The rules, approved Wednesday, come from a bill approved by legislators last year.
- The Boston Globe In ICU, 2 patients per nurse