By Michael P. Norton

Courtesy State House News Service

The WBUR-MassINC Polling Group survey of 500 registered nurses, released on Monday, found 48 percent support Question 1, 45 percent oppose it, while 8 percent don’t know, are undecided or refused to answer the question. The 3 percentage point difference between nurses for and against Question 1 is within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error

BOSTON – Faith leaders plan to join nurses for a rally Tuesday in favor of Question 1, which would limit the number of patients that can be assigned to nurses in hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Rev. Art Gordon, pastor of Saint John Baptist in Boston, Jewish Labor Committee board member Dick Bauer, and Rev. Leslie Sterling of Saint Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Cambridge plan to join nurses and other faith leaders outside the Cathedral Church of St. Paul on Tremont Street, across from the Park Street MBTA Station, at 11 a.m.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh declared his support for Question 1 on Monday. “When I was a kid battling cancer, it was the nurses who stood beside me every day, fighting with me for my life,” he said. “They are on the front lines protecting us when we are at our most vulnerable and they are supporting our families during the most difficult of times. Voting yes on Question 1 will allow nurses to better provide the invaluable care they are trained to give and ensure that both nurses and patients are protected in safe work environments.”

Registered nurses in Massachusetts are mostly satisfied with their jobs and divided over the ballot question limiting how many patients can be assigned to each nurse in hospitals and health care facilities, according to new poll results.

The WBUR-MassINC Polling Group survey of 500 registered nurses, released on Monday, found 48 percent support Question 1, 45 percent oppose it, while 8 percent don’t know, are undecided or refused to answer the question. The 3 percentage point difference between nurses for and against Question 1 is within the poll’s 4.4 percent margin of error.

Seventy percent of nurses said they had not seen harm to a patient because of high staffing ratios where they work.

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