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

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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Jim Durfer: Praise for the Spartans among us: nurses

Recent events in my life have added an extremely underreported group of tough guys: nurses. On their best days they will watch people suffer. They will constantly see the worried faces of the patient’s relatives. They work long and irregular hours under these tremendously psyche-draining conditions.

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Massachusetts nurses say staffing shortage leads to patient suffering

“Studies have shown that patients need adequate staffing to recover properly,” Kelly-Williams said. “Patients come in all varieties with all different needs. We need to have the right number of nurses available to give patients the best outcome possible.”

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Nurse Staffing Levels Keep Re-Hospitalizations Down for Hip & Knee Replacements

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) shows that patients who undergo elective hip and knee surgery in hospitals with inadequate nurse staffing and poor nurse work environments are more likely to require re-hospitalization. 

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Nurses mull strike at Brigham over security

NOTHING BEING DONE: Trish Powers, a Brigham and Women’s Hospital trauma unit RN and chairwoman of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, says the hospital isn’t addressing serious security concerns.

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Massachusetts Nurses To Hold Candlelight Vigil Outside State House in Boston

Registered nurses will stand together for a "patient safety candlelight vigil" outside the State House in Massachusetts tomorrow, united in their belief that every patient deserves the best possible care. To ensure this, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) is gathering to show their support of The Patient Safety Act (S.1206/H. 1958), a bill which would require variable, evidence-based patient limits for nurses in all hospital units.
 

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Blog: Better nursing-staffing equals lower mortality

A new study in JAMA Surgery found hospitals with better nurse staffing experienced lower patient mortality rates following surgery, without an increase in costs.

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Should the state limit the number of patients hospitals can assign to any one nurse?

Should the state limit the number of patients assigned to any one nurse? Two nurses say YES! Both believe Massachusetts needs the Patient Safety Act, which would establish scientifically supported limits on how many patients a nurse can care for, with flexibility depending on illness or injury.

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Nurses offer solutions to improving health – in every setting

Improving people’s health while simultaneously keeping down costs is one of the great public policy challenges of our time. One underappreciated approach to achieving this goal is to rely more heavily on nurses, who provide cost-effective, holistic care not just in clinics and hospitals, but also in many other places where Americans live, learn, work and play.

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The Best Kept Secret In Health Care: Or, Doctor Doesn’t Always Know Best

A personal essay that lays bare the deficiencies in doctors' knowledge and experience in surprising ways. 

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