Concerns Continue About the Link Between Nurse Staffing & Safety

September 9, 2011    |   By: Calevir

What should the nurse-to-patient ratio be?   It’s a continuing debate among nurses and hospitals: but who should decide?   In a recent hospital investigation, the facility was cited for “times when as few as three nurses had to care for 30 medical-surgical patients.”   In this article, the CNO and VP of Nursing for PinnacleHealth System comments on the situation.   She tells how they resolved staffing to ensure safety and explains that “adequate nurse staffing and quality can be maintained, regardless of economic pressure.”

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