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Newton-Wellesley Hospital is projecting significant negative impacts on its capability to provide safe,
quality care to patients should proposed nurse staffing ratios pass on Nov. 6.
The ballot question would require that hospitals across the state, no matter their size or the specific needs of their patients, adhere to the same rigid nurse staffing ratios in all patient care areas, at all times. The petition does not make allowances for rural or small community hospitals, holding them to the same staffing ratios as major Boston teaching hospitals.
“Every day, our nurses work together planning and adjusting staffing levels in response to fluctuating