It is called..Getting Nurses Back on Board.
It is quite interesting but I fear some will find it upsetting. It is a separate article from the ..Exclusive Rankings of Top Medical Care...article that is in same issue. The nurse article talks about nurse patient ratios but the Top Medical Care article does not. I can't see why you would discuss top medical care and nursing issues in two different articles like they were unrelated issues. To me they are the same issue. Another thing that might upset some people is that they go into great detail about how Methodist Hospital in Houston ended it's nursing shortage. Sounds to me like they kinda painted agency nurses into a corner to get them on board.
Jul 22, '03
See too "Nurses :The clues to quality care"
America's Best Hospitals:
First time I've seen nurse ratios included----vary widely here in top hospitals. Karen
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jul 23, '03
Jul 26, '03
I saw that article a few days ago. I was wondering why they felt they needed a medical director to plead the nurses case to the higher ups if the hospital is so committed to really including the nurses. What do they need the doctor to be the middle man for? Why is he/she needed to run interference between the nurses & the executive suite? Thats a little contradictory to the whole premise of recognizing the RNs voice, isnt it? And the part where the nurse administrators said that it is better to have staff rather than regular temps was interesting. Where is their data proving that? Whats the difference between an RN that is there regularly getting paid staff salary and the RN that is there regularly getting paid agency rates? They both know the place and the pts. The only difference is just the paycheck.
All of the nurse research that proves a direct link between RNs and patient outcomes that have been published in all those big journals recently said RNs made the difference in quality pt care and better outcomes. None of them said they had to be STAFF RNs to make the difference. Where is the hospitals data proving that making a regular temp nurse a staff RN improved the quality of the pt care? Its still the same nurse doing the same job - just for less money, so how could the quality change all of the sudden? I think the only thing that changed was the hospitals over-head cost. That hospital held a gun to those nurses heads and told them come on staff for less money or dont work here at all. What choice did they have? I hope they send their side of the story to that newspaper.
Last edit by -jt on Jul 26, '03
Sep 7, '03
so many good points made in these posts here. But what does good does it do for nurses to just complain to each other? Send your comments about the articles to the publications that printed them.
Last edit by -jt on Sep 7, '03
Sep 8, '03
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Sep 8, '03