A Nurse When You Need Us

It’s not uncommon for nurses to work a shift when patients need far more RN staffing than what is on duty.  In one study, researchers discovered hospitals operated below RN staffing targets over one-third of the time.

Even more concerning, the study determined that when hospitals didn’t provide the number of RNs that were expected for that shift, patients were more likely to die.

Nurse Staffing and Inpatient Hospital Mortality

Jack Needleman, Ph.D., Peter Buerhaus, Ph.D., R.N., et al New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM); funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Mar. 17, 2011

Link: http://phes.co/Newengland/Jr.Venkat/Nurse%20Staffing%20and%20Inpatient%20Hospital%20Mortality.pdf

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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