“Productivity invariably trumps safe nursing care”

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“We recognize the natural tension between financial viability and professional nursing judgment. Every nurse I know plays out that delicate balance to make the most economical use of our time and meet productivity goals, with an inherent dedication to meeting the needs of all our patients. But in hospitals today, the landscape is frankly unfairly skewed toward the bottom line. Productivity invariably trumps safe nursing care.”

Testimony of Eric Tronnes, RN,  on behalf of nurses at a committee meeting of the Minnesota State House of Representatives to advance legislation that would assure patients  and families that their hospital would meet a minimum Safe Patient Standard.  – March 6, 2013 


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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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