Medical errors and short staffing by hospitals: Is there a link?
June 13, 2017

A study by John Hopkins University says that hospital medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States, with only heart…[ Read More ]

What is safe staffing?
May 18, 2017

  This month I had the opportunity to visit a few nurse meetings and teach some classes about the importance for nurses…[ Read More ]

Minnesota legislators introduce nurse staffing bill
May 10, 2017

In Minnesota, there are standards for the number of caretakers per child in daycare, the number of EMTs in an ambulance, and the…[ Read More ]

Why are Minnesota nurses striking?
September 27, 2016

By Carrie Mortrud, RN  Some people might be asking the question: Why are Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) nurses on strike at five…[ Read More ]

Report: Nearly half of Minnesota patients don’t understand discharge instructions
August 2, 2016

BREAKING NEWS! Most patients don’t understand their self-care post hospital stay. Except that’s not news to nurses. Last week, the the CMS…[ Read More ]

Hospital discharge: Why it’s getting more dangerous for patients
May 25, 2016

Rushed through discharge? You’re not alone. In hospitals across the country, federal data reveals that fewer than half of patients say they…[ Read More ]

Safe staffing saves lives. So why aren’t lawmakers listening?
May 11, 2016

It’s National Nurses Week, but instead of being honored for their service and dedication, many nurses across the country are rallying for…[ Read More ]

Safe staffing: What nurses really want
May 4, 2016

By Carrie Mortrud, RN  How will most nurses be honored during National Nurses Week, which begins May 6? Unfortunately, the scenario looks…[ Read More ]

Is Anybody Out There? When Call Lights Go Unanswered
April 27, 2016

By Carrie Motrud, RN If you or a loved one are scheduled for surgery at a Minnesota hospital, it’s important to know…[ Read More ]

“My Brains” Told Me When Medications Were Due
April 13, 2016

By Carrie Mortrud, RN “MY BRAINS” or what I used to call my Assignment Sheets. Oh, how I wish I would have…[ Read More ]

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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