Category Archives: Nursing Shortage

Proposed Bill to Set Nurse Staffing Levels

By Karen M. Cheung, Fierce Healthcare Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) last week introduced legislation that would establish a federal minimum of nurse-to-patient ratios at all hospitals, according to a press release. Aimed at decreasing mortality rates and preventing medical errors, … Continue reading

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CA Reintroduces Legislation to Support Nurses & Patient Care,  5/13/2011 U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today reintroduced theNational Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act, legislation to protect the rights of nurses to advocate on behalf of their patients, set minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals and invest in … Continue reading

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Health IT Systems Could Assist with Nursing and Physician Shortage

Health IT News, 5/6/2011 MILWAUKEE – Healthcare information technology could ease some of the spotty care, long waits and medical errors anticipated by the growing shortage of nurses, doctors and other healthcare workers, according to the American Society for Quality (ASQ), which … Continue reading

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STUDY: Nurse Staffing Affects Patient’s Readmission

Sylviane Duval, Health Services Research  Higher non-overtime staffing levels of registered nurses lower the probability of patient readmissions to the hospital, a new study finds. However, higher levels of RN overtime increase the likelihood of unplanned visits to emergency departments … Continue reading

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Top 10 Healthcare Employment and Compensation Trends

By Rachel Fields, 3/24/11   Becker’s Hospital Review  Business & Legal Issues Here are 10 trends affecting employment and compensation in healthcare, according to various surveys, studies and news reports. Nursing enrollment is rising. Female physicians earn less. More medical … Continue reading

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Nursing Shortage Affects the of Event of a Mass-Casualty

By Sally Phillips, RN, PhD and Roberta Lavin, RN, MS      AHRQ.Gov The tragedy of September 11, anthrax attacks, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and other infectious disease outbreaks have heightened our awareness of the need for health … Continue reading

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Comparison Research of Patient Safety and Nurse Staffing

AHRQ funded Project  By Mark W. Stanton, M.A. Hospital nurse staffing has an important relationship to patient safety and quality of care. Under a broad initiative focusing on patient safety issues, AHRQ has funded a group of projects on understanding … Continue reading

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