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Nursing Staff Increase Can Improve Outcomes, Study Shows

 |  By John Commins  
   March 25, 2011

“We suspect that the increase in mortality rates due to congestive heart failure in safety net hospitals are a function of patients’ overall health, rather than staffing rates, but more research needs to be done. We also need to know more about how non-RNs affect patient care,” Blegen says.

Earlier this month, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that inpatient mortality goes up significantly when a hospital has greater patient turnover and when it fails to meet its own nurse staffing targets by at least eight hours.

See also:

Nurse Staffing Effectiveness in 2010: The Interim Standards

Better Nurse-Patient Ratios Could Save Thousands of Lives Annually, Says Study

John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

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