Friday, May 10, 2013

Nurse-Patient Ratio! A Matter of Safety.

This week is National Nurses Week and the event has been well celebrated at VCU Medical Center.

In honor of National Nurses Week, I would like to highlight this article on nurse-patient ratios published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

The bottom line: higher nurse staffing decreases mortality, very much in a dose-response fashion. We need adequate numbers of nurses to provide safe, reliable care.  

There are no shortcuts.

Nurses, thank you for all that you do for our patients

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