Re "Nurses rally for better staffing," May 6 article

The Journal News | May 23, 2016

The Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act pending in the New York State Legislature has widespread support of 28 state senators and 86 Assembly members. It is urgent for New York to support safe staffing legislation.

Safe staffing helps ensure quality patient care. Peer-reviewed studies report improved patient outcomes. Nursing Economics reported in 2013 that increased R.N. staffing is associated to lower risk in hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired pneumonia and cardiac arrests.

Costly hospital readmissions are likewise cut with higher nurse staffing. Increasing R.N. staffing by 0.75 hours per patient day was linked with a 4.4 percentage drop of readmission in a 2011 study of nearly 3,000 hospitals as published in Health Services Research.

Peer-reviewed studies consistently report higher R.N. staffing is related to fewer deaths.

Safe staffing saves money as well. A 2014 study published in Medical Care journal indicates increases in hospital staffing reduce length of hospital stay. Hospital executives know shorter stays result to higher operating incomes. California hospitals thrived under safe-staffing legislation.

Safe staffing is a policy issue close to every New Yorker's heart. Sooner or later everyone needs nursing care, including the newly elected state legislators' loved ones. Understandably, every New Yorker wants their loved ones cared for in a timely manner.

More than ever, the safe-staffing legislative vote in the current session is a pressing urgent concern. Every delay results in lives and dollars lost.

Fernand A. De Los Reyes

New City

The writer is a registered nurse and doctoral candidate in nursing science at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Summary: 

Safe staffing helps ensure quality patient care. Peer-reviewed studies report improved patient outcomes. Nursing Economics reported in 2013 that increased R.N. staffing is associated to lower risk in hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired pneumonia and cardiac arrests.

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