The Massachusetts Nurses Association sued North Adams (Mass.) Regional Hospital alleging that the 120-bed hospital admitted too many patients for its nurse staffing levels and staffed units without adequately trained nurses. A hospital spokesman said officials had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on it. In a written statement, the spokesman said the hospital had increased staffing for its medical-surgical unit in the past two years and that the unit had sufficient staff "to provide safe patient care." The hospital places "the utmost importance on safe patient care," he said. The MNA said its lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass., accused the hospital of unsafe staffing conditions in violation of the nurses' labor contract in the emergency department, same-day surgery unit, radiology and medical-surgical unit. In February, an arbitrator ruled that the hospital in 2002 violated certain standards of nursing practices in the nurses' contract. -- by Melanie Evans
Union sues Mass. hospital over nurse-staffing levels
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