The following summarization was inspired by the article "In ad war over ballot question, both sides give nurses leading roles" written by Priyanka Dayal McCluskey of the Boston Globe.
Ballot Question 1, which will be voted on in the Nov. 6 election here in Massachusetts, focuses on seeking regulation on patient-to-nurse staffing ratios in hospitals. There are groups campaigning for both sides of this argument - the Massachusetts Nurses Association, a labor union that supports the policy, has coined themselves as the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care; hospitals who are in opposition have followed by naming themselves the Coalition to Protect Safety. Both groups have taken to running very similar looking ads that feature nurses themselves doing the talking, which is causing voters confusion - for example, while ads run by the opposing side may feature nurses, they are in fact funded primarily by the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association. Union officials in support of the ballot question say that the hospitals in opposition are focused on the money this would cost them, while the union is focused on patient safety and overworked nurses. This ballot question should stir up more controversy in the upcoming months to the election, as voters realize the effect this regulation will have on all patients moving forward.