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.
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.
“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.”
A new study in JAMA Surgery found hospitals with better nurse staffing experienced lower patient mortality rates following surgery, without an increase in costs.
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.
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.
A personal essay that lays bare the deficiencies in doctors' knowledge and experience in surprising ways.