The practices of hospital-based medical care and good hospital management depend as much on compassionate treatment of both patients and caregivers as on number crunching, as any honest, experienced bedside clinician can testify.
In her letter to the editor Rene Wood writes: “Voting NO on Question 1 doesn’t say we don’t value their dedication and care. It doesn’t mean we’re against nurses. It does mean nurse-to-patient ratios should not be one size fits all or mandatory.”
In a letter John Breasted writes: “The nurse staffing issues are complex. My own understanding of them has not been helped by soundbite-sized assertions about what the adoption of Question 1 would mean for patients.”
In a letter to the editor Dr. Brian Burke writes: “However, under the terms of the nurse staffing initiative, if you arrive at an emergency department at the wrong time, you may not be seen until and unless additional staff are brought in to restore the ratio.”