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Now the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has voted unanimously this month to approve the state's first nurse staffing mandate.It calls for no more than two patients to be assigned to a single nurse in all ICUs, including burn units and NICUs, and in some cases, just one patient per nurse.
"But on the other hand it is a model, perhaps, because it has largely resolved the [nurse] burnout problem." Romano was one of the co-investigators who did work for the state of California in the early 2000s to estimate the impact of different ratio proposals.
Continuous Coverage In fact, Romano notes that hospitals had to create a new position: A break nurse, because under the law, hospitals have to meet the ratio at all times.
"That's been the biggest point of controversy," he says.
Back injuries have been shown to be much less frequent when two nurses lift a patient, rather than one.
Although the study did not address costs, it is likely that the law resulted in lower worker’s compensation costs because employment grew by 15 percent whereas injuries per employed nurse dropped by 30 percent.