ANA Responds to Defeat Of Massachusetts Ballot Initiative on Nurse Staffing – Alabama Nursing Board Defense Lawyer – Call Today! – (866) 348-2889
The following statement is attributable to Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, president of the American Nurses Association (ANA), in response to the outcome of the Massachusetts ballot Initiative on nurse staffing. Voters rejected the measure, with 70 percent voting against and 30 percent voting in favor of it.
“ANA has long been a strong advocate for appropriate nurse staffing in all health care settings. We know that providing the right nursing resources makes a critical difference for patients and the quality of their care. Many factors affect the number of patients for whom each nurse may safely care for – it’s not just math. The rigid, one size fits all approach proposed by the ballot initiative failed to acknowledge the complexities of staffing and undermined nurses’ professional autonomy and decision-making in determining staffing on their units.