Strengthening Hospital Nursing

Published In: Health Affairs, v. 21, no. 5, Sep. 2002, p. 123-132

Posted on RAND.org on September 01, 2002

by Peter Buerhaus, Jack Needleman, Soeren Mattke, Maureen Stewart

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Hospitals, nurses, the media, Congress, and the private sector are increasingly concerned about shortages of registered nurses (RNs) and the impact on safety and quality of patient care. Findings from a growing number of studies provide evidence of a relationship between hospital nurse staffing and adverse outcomes experienced by medical and surgical patients. These findings have policy implications for strengthening the nursing profession, monitoring the quality of hospital care associated with nursing, and improving the relationship between hospitals and the nursing profession.

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