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HPC to Hold Second Listening Session: Nurse Staffing in ICUs on Nov. 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. at State House in Boston

Attention ICU nurses, below is an announcement from the State’s Health Policy Commission about a second listening session about the new law for safe limits in hospital ICUs, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 9 – 11 a.m. at the State House in the Gardner Auditorium.  For those who attended the first session but weren’t able to testify, you will be guaranteed an opportunity to testify first at this session.  We are also recruiting nurses who didn’t attend the first hearing to attend this one.  See the message from the Commission below for details on how to sign up to testify and to submit written testimony if you can’t attend next week’s hearing.  As we did during the first session, it is important to have a strong showing at this one. 

If you need help preparing testimony, or know of colleagues who want our help, please email Megan Collins at or David Schildmeier at

 HPC Listening Session: Nurse Staffing in ICUs


The Health Policy Commission (HPC) will conduct a second Listening Session on the implementation of Chapter 155 of the Acts of 2014 (codified at M.G.L. c. 111, § 231) relative to nurse staffing ratios in hospital intensive care units. The HPC is charged with promulgating regulations governing the implementation of the law including: the formulation of the  acuity tool, the method of public reporting of staffing compliance, and identifying three to five patient safety quality indicators to be measured and reported by hospitals.


Time and Location of the Listening Session:


Wednesday, November 19th, 9:00AM – 11:00AM

State House, Gardner Auditorium, Boston



At the beginning of the Listening Session, the HPC will hear testimony from individuals and groups who had expected to provide comment at our October 29th Listening Session and were unable due to time constraints.   If you would like to submit written testimony, send it to


The second part of the Listening Session will be a structured session to hear responses to specific questions about the use of acuity tools and staff nurse input in ICU staffing.  Questions may focus on factors that may be assessed by patient assessment tools, including patient clinical condition and nursing workload indicators, and consideration of ICU environmental factors.