Archive for category: Safe Staffing

Unsafe Staffing Is Nurses’ Top Concern

Too often, patients are put at risk and RN licenses are compromised by our profit-driven healthcare system which routinely leaves patients without proper nursing care.

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The U.S. Is Running Out of Nurses

Nurses checked on my mother—and us—multiple times an hour. Without them, we would have fallen apart.

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Victoria, Australia to guarantee minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios

“Nurse patient ratios are really important for patient safety,” Ms Hennessy said. “Nurse patient ratios are important because the greater the care and focus nurses are able to give to our patients, we know the better clinical outcomes that they have.”

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We Need More Nurses

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Safe Staffing and Workplace Violence: How Direct Care Nurses Can Join Together and Protect Our Patients and Ourselves

Safe Staffing saves lives, but all over the state we see hospitals trying to lower costs by cutting staff and stretching RNs too thin.

At the same time, Workplace Violence in healthcare settings continues to increase. We have been physically harmed and verbally threatened. Even fatal assaults, like the recent shooting at Mercy Fitzgerald, are on the rise.

How can direct care nurses join together to protect ourselves and our patients? Find out on October 9, 2014

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Massachusetts Nurses union steps up advocacy for two ballot questions

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is ramping up its efforts to build support for two ballot questions that would change the way hospitals operate.

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Study: Keeping Experienced Nurses is Key To Better Hospitalizations

A new survey shows that patients have shorter hospital stays and better outcomes when cared for by nurses with experience and job longevity.

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Nurse to patient ratio over-working nurses, says union

A union representing some nurses in the province (Nova Scotia, Canada) is calling for a guaranteed nurse to patient ratio, saying over-worked nurses mean patients may not be getting adequate care.

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Nurse Staffing Linked to Lower Readmission Penalties

Researchers estimate that each additional nurse-hour per patient day is associated with 10% lower odds of receiving penalties under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

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Mass. AG OKs petitions by state nurses association

The other initiative approved by the attorney general this week would set limits on the number of patients a nurse could serve at once, an attempt by the state nurses to establish “safer staffing levels.” The ratios would vary slightly depending on the type of nurse. Medical-surgical nurses would serve no more than four patients at one time.

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