The Reality of Risk To Patient Safety

stressed-nurseNurses at the bedside who care for patients 24/7 have a real-time view of risk factors to patients in Minnesota hospitals.

While employers point to safety records in defending themselves against claims of inadequate safety measures, too often nurses find themselves compensating for a system that fails to provide for the true needs of the patients.

Here is an excerpt from just one of many reports submitted to the Minnesota Nurses Association by real nurses in Minnesota, during a real shift, with real lives on the line.

“8 patients in the unit. 2 of the patients need 1:1 care. Only 4 RNs staffed. 1st RN had 3 patients. 2nd RN had 1:1 patient and a second patient. 3rd RN had 1:1 patient and a second patient. Charge nurse had 1 patient. We were short 2 RNs for the night shift.”

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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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