BOSTON, May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- To mark the beginning
of National Nurses Week, nurses and healthcare professionals with
the Massachusetts Nurses Association will release and speak about
"The State of Nursing in Massachusetts," a survey of more than 500
registered nurses showing that the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated
troubling healthcare trends such as unsafe patient assignments,
diminished time with patients, and a lack of workplace safety.
National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May
12, Florence Nightingale's
birthday. For 19 years, nurses have topped Gallup's ranking of the
most trusted professions. They have been called "healthcare heroes"
throughout the pandemic, but during National Nurses Week are
seeking important, lasting changes to the Massachusetts healthcare system that properly
protect and support patient safety, nurses, and other staff.
National Nurses Week and Survey Results Press
Date: Thursday, May
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Outside the State House in Boston, in front of the main staircase on
Details: Attendees will don masks and maintain responsible
social distances. Speakers will include nurses and State Rep.
Denise Garlick, D-Needham, a registered nurse and longtime
advocate for nurses and patients at the State House.
"The State of Nursing in Massachusetts" is a randomized survey of
Massachusetts RNs conducted March 25
to March 30 by Boston-based
Beacon Research. Nurses from all types of healthcare settings were
involved in the survey, including teaching hospitals, community
hospitals, non-hospital settings and non-direct patient care. A
plurality of nurses who responded (45%) worked in hospitals and
most (58%) were not MNA members.
The survey results will be released on May 6. They demonstrate strong support among
nurses for addressing issues that MNA nurses and healthcare
professionals have proposed tackling through state legislation
proposed during the 2021-2022 term, including presumption of
workplace COVID-19 infection, personal protective equipment (PPE)
data transparency, workplace violence prevention, independent
studies of the nursing workforce, essential services protections,
and a measure to relieve emergency department overcrowding by
behavioral health patients.
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Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the
largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members
advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of
nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of
nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view
of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies
on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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