Tag Archive for: ratios

We Need More Nurses

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Not Enough Nurses in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

A new study reveals that the health of critically ill newborns is endangered by insufficient nurse staffing. The national study finds that very few neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) provide sufficient numbers of nurses to meet guidelines and that the most vulnerable babies are also the most understaffed.

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Nursing by the numbers considered

By Andrew Seder, PSDispatch.com

How many nurses should a hospital maternity ward have? How about the intensive care or neonatal units? Should they be the same numbers at rural and inner city hospitals?

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D.C. Council chairman to propose bill boosting nursing staffs at hospitals

By Lena H. Sun and Mike DeBonis, WashingtonPost.com

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New Study Shows Black Patients Have Increased Chance of Dying When Nurses Have Heavy Workloads

By Patricia Eakin, RN, BSN, CEN, PASNAP President

Subsequent studies correlated poor staffing with increased incidence of pulmonary embolus, infection, pressure ulcers and other adverse outcomes.

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Nurse shortages especially affect black patients

Nurses.com News

Older black patients are three times more likely than older white patients to suffer poorer outcomes after surgery, including death, when cared for by nurses with higher workloads, according to a study.

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