Pamela Zaranek-Kuhn: Opposes ballot question on nurse staffing issue

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Published: 4/2/2018 9:32:06 PM
Opposes ballot question on nurse staffing issue

I am a registered nurse at Baystate Medical Center, and have worked on the maternity unit for many years.

I write to express my opposition to the rigid, government-mandated nurse staffing ratio question proposed for the state ballot in November. We are seeing an increase in our patients’ length of stay more and more on the maternity unit due to acute and chronic health problems during and after pregnancy.

Our nursing assignments are important because they are based on individual patient needs — to put a mandate on how many patients each nurse can care for, especially on this unit, would be unbelievably difficult and would affect the quality of care we would be able to provide. These patients — both the mothers and the babies — are so important to me.

I am confident that these ratios would be the wrong choice for nurses, especially those on units where our ability to think strategically and create flexible assignments makes all the difference for our patients.

I urge voters to realize that this ballot question would be careless for patients and unacceptable for nurses. Please vote “no” on mandated nurse staffing ratios if it is on the ballot this November.

Pamela Zaranek-Kuhn

Belchertown




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