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|ANA MASSACHUSETTS TESTIFIES BEFORE JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH|
ANA MASSACHUSETTS TESTIFIES BEFORE JOINT COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH
SEPTEMBER 25, 2019
MILTON, MA – The American Nurses Association Massachusetts (ANAMASS) testified yesterday before the Joint Committee on Public Health. President Julie Cronin, RN, spoke to HB1941/SB1345 An Act establishing a commission on quality patient outcomes and professional nursing practice. "Appropriate nurse staffing is vital to overall patient outcomes including decreased adverse events, decreased readmissions and increased patient satisfaction. Establishing a commission will mean working together with key stakeholders at the table to examine and understand issues of concern for nurses and to provide evidence-based recommendations and solutions that are agreed upon by all members on behalf of the nursing profession".
The proposed commission will examine evidence based, tested and validated research on patient care quality outcomes relative to nurse staffing levels; examine approaches undertaken by other states by statute or regulation to address the issues of patient safety and patient quality outcomes relative to nurse staffing; examine any barriers to reasonable and efficient enforcement of staffing standards adopted in other jurisdictions; hold public hearings; and submit an annual report to the legislature on the state of hospital staffing in the Commonwealth.
Representative Kay Khan, sponsor of the House Bill, also testified in support of creating this diverse 17 member commission comprised of stakeholders and Registered Nurses representing a range of professional backgrounds and perspectives. "By increasing transparency and evidence based research on staffing levels in our hospitals in Massachusetts we’ll ensure that the nursing workforce remains strong and vibrant for decades to come."
ANAMASS is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, which represents over 4 million registered nurses across the nation. The ANA sets and promulgates the scope and standards for nursing practice as well as the profession’s Code of Ethics. The ANA announced last week updated their staffing principles to identify the major elements required to ensure appropriate nurse staffing and ultimately positively affecting patient outcomes. ANA President Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN states "It is essential that nurses have a substantive and active role in staffing decisions, as they know best how to ensure they have the necessary time, resources and team members to meet patients’ care needs and their overall nursing responsibilities. When that happens, the outcomes are more favorable for everyone."
ANAMASS also provided written testimony to the joint committee yesterday in support of the SAVE Act: An Act to Support Access, Value and Equity in Health Care (H.1867/S.1330) and supported H.1940, An Act creating a nursing advisory board, also sponsored by Representative Khan.
The American Nurses Association Massachusetts is a constituent member association of the American Nurses Association, the association representing the interests of the nation’s 4 million registered nurses. We advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting a safe and ethical work environment, bolstering the health and wellness of nurses, and advocating on health care issues that affect nurses and the public. All registered nurses are eligible to join ANA Massachusetts. Reflective of the profession, our membership is inclusive of many roles, including: direct care nurses and advanced practice registered nurses, who work in a wide range of settings such as acute care hospitals, clinics, long-term care, schools and other settings. Approximately 50 percent of ANA’s members who hold membership at the state and national level are direct care, staff nurses.
For more information, visit www.anamass.org