Emerson Hospital

Nurse to Patient Ratio

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Maintaining the appropriate number and mix of nursing staff is critical to delivering quality patient care. In fact, numerous studies show an association between higher levels of experienced registered nurse staffing and better patient outcomes. 

That’s why Emerson Hospital has always strived to provide the highest possible level of nurse staffing, particularly in our Critical Care Unit (CCU).

To ensure that all hospitals in the state met these high standards, in 2014 Massachusetts passed a law specific to intensive care/critical care units requiring that there be a 1:1 or 1:2 nurse-to-patient ratio, depending on stability of the patient. The law also requires all Massachusetts hospitals with an intensive care unit (ICU) or critical care unit (CCU) to report these units’ quarterly registered nurse-to-patient ratios to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

In the interest of transparency — and the peace of mind of our patients and their families — we regularly share this quarterly staffing data for Emerson Hospital’s Critical Care Unit here on our website.

These are our nurse-to-patient ratios for the past six quarters:
Reporting Period Average Daily
Patient Census
Average Daily
Staff Nurse Census
Average Daily Staff Nurse-to-Patient Ratio
January - March 2018 7.80 4.34 1:1.80
October-December 2017 6.26 3.83 1:1.64
July-September 2017 6.09 3.56 1:1.71
April-June 2017 6.2 3.40 1:1.82
January-March 2017 6.21 3.63 1:1.71
October-December 2016 6.03 3.88 1:1.55


For more information, please contact Emerson Hospital Associate Chief Nursing Officer Justine DeFronzo at 978-287-3365.