This November, voters will choose whether to set nurse staffing ratio limits in Massachusetts hospitals. The Safe Patient Limits Ballot Initiative would limit the number of patients nurses can care for in hospitals, and proponents of the measure say it will ensure better care for patients. Opponents say the mandate would create wait times in emergency rooms, increase medical costs and be bad for medicine.
Christine Klucznik, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Baystate Medical Center, joins Carolee McGrath to shed light on why she opposes the ballot question.
Learn more about why nurses support the ballot measure in a previous Connecting Point interview.