A union representing nurses in Massachusetts says it will withdraw two proposed November ballot questions if a deal reached on nurse-patient ratios is signed into law.


The Senate on Thursday joined the House in approving the agreement that would set strict limits on the number of patients that registered nurses who work in hospital intensive care units can be assigned to at a given time. The measure now goes to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk.


Massachusetts Nurses Association president Donna Kelly-Williams said in a statement that once the bill became law the union will withdraw two proposed ballot initiatives: One that would require nurse-patient ratios and another that would force hospitals to be more transparent about their financial holdings.