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- Apr 21, '10 by Chico David RNQuote from DoGoodThenGoApparently that's correct. I did a little online research and came up with this.Not to take anything away from the study or it's results, but isn't the author the same one who also released the famous (or infamous, depending upon your point of view), study regarding BSN nurses and better patient outcomes? I merely require information, not wishing to pick a fight or anything.
The link leads to several studies that support the conclusion that BSN leads to better outcomes, two of them by Linda Aiken.
It's a little sobering in a way and a good lesson for me. I'm a BSN graduate, but as a matter or personal belief and my politics tend to minimize issues that divide nurses and focus on those that unify us, so have never paid any attention to research on the effects of different education levels. It's still not what I want to focus on, but it's interesting to know. I know great nurses and relatively poor nurses from every sort of educational background, so I tend to believe that much more unites us than divides us.
- Apr 21, '10 by CrohnieTooQuote from DoGoodThenGoAMEN, DoGoodThenGo!!!! That's EXACLTLY what we are experiencing in our town! "My" hospital has empty, closed wings, and an entirely empty floor in a 5 year old NEW facility that's been empty ever since it was built. And don't forget the outpatient campuses across the town.... As for the OP, it is nothing new, and hospitals or at least those whom run them have known this or something of it, still you don't see any mad rush to increase staffing levels across the board. Strange how MDs/hospitals can raise vast sums for new wings, cardiac labs, and other tech "toys", but when it comes to hiring more nurses the purse is snapped shut.
- Apr 22, '10 by NRSKarenRNphiladelphia inquirer: more nurses, less death
other aiken studies:
august 2008: hospital nurse practice environments and outcomes for surgical oncology patients
principal findings. unadjusted death, complication, and failure to rescue rates were 3.4, 35.7, and 9.3 percent, respectively. nurse staffing and educational preparation of registered nurses were significantly associated with patient outcomes. after adjusting for patient and hospital characteristics, patients in hospitals with poor nurse practice environments had significantly increased odds of death (odds ratio, 1.37; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.07–1.76) and of failure to rescue (odds ratio, 1.48; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.07–2.03). receipt of care in national cancer institute-designated cancer centers significantly decreased the odds of death, which can be explained partly by better nurse practice environments.