“13 Babies with No Nursery Nurse”

IOM report

The Science of Safety

What research tells us about the correlation between nurse staffing and patient outcomes.

“Research is now beginning to document how well we are cared for by nurses affects our health, and sometimes can be a matter of life or death.”

Keeping People Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses, Institute of Medicine, 2004 Link to read more


The Reality of Risk

Reports from real nurses in Minnesota during a real shift, with real lives on the line.

“13 babies with no nursery nurse. There were 3 babies in the Neo-natal intensive care with a clerk watching them. Later in the evening, one nursing assistant was assigned to watch 7 babies. Our own grid shows we should have 1 nursery Registered Nurse for every six babies.”


Patient Story

arlene townsend staffing award

Unsafe staffing costs a Florida facility $1 billion

From Trial Magazine, March 2014 issue: Trial Magazine, 3/11/14 VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS Arlene Townsend, 63 suffered a stroke and required 24-hour care. She was admitted to Auburndale Oaks Healthcare Center, a nursing home owned by Trans Healthcare, Inc. In the three years leading up to her death, Townsend suffered numerous fall resulting in broken bones and lacerations, infections, significant weight loss, chronic constipation, skin breakdowns, dehydration, and other problems. She is survived by her adult son. Townsend’s estate sued Trans Healthcare, alleging that it had understaffed the nursing home to increase profits and failed to provide adequate care, including protecting Townsend from falls, ensuring a safe environment, and documenting changes to her condition. The court entered a judgment of liability against the defendant, and the…
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