Hospitals With More Nurses Give Better Care
Nurses also work with patient's families and educate them about the illness
and treatment, Raphel tells WebMD. "Nurses are valued by patients."
"We can now show that patient outcomes are directly correlated with
staffing mix," Raphel says. "We are very pleased with the
Kimberly Lisa Fiedelman, a nursing student at Fiorella LaGuardia School of
Nursing in Queens, N.Y., tells WebMD that she is concerned that good nursing
jobs may not be plentiful when she completes her schooling.
"I'm glad that this and other studies are helping to better define and
delineate the value of nurses in hospitals," she says.
- At a recent conference, The American Nurses Association released a study
that found patients have better results at hospitals that employ the most
- Nurses say they add a level of monitoring to care that is not present when
hospitals stretch their nursing staff too thinly.
- The nurses say the study indicates cutting nursing staff doesn't save
hospitals money, but could result in making care more expensive if patients go
on to suffer further illness that nurses could help prevent.