Nurses Value Work Environment Over Staffing Levels

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    Although nurse staffing levels are important, healthcare managers should also consider the general work environment when planning improvements that influence patient care, results of a cross-sectional survey suggest.

    http://www.medpagetoday.com/Hospital.../Nursing/29871
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    What a misleading title. It is trying to tell managers that staffing levels really don't matter, that they can over work and burn out their nurses. Total BS.

    The survey this article used, shows that new nurses believe that quality of care is effected by not having the correct equipment, by doctors ignoring the bedside nurse, and your co-workers not helping. Well yes, all that does effect the ability of staff to give quality care to our patients.

    It does not mean we value it more, we like being adequate staffed as well. Quality of care also decreases when the experienced nurses leave due to being over worked. You then have the new leading the new and the new (which this survey asked only) don't even know what quality care is.
    mystory, brandy1017, maelstrom143, and 12 others like this.
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    lol, a good work environment is often because of safe staffing levels.
    mystory, KelRN215, brandy1017, and 8 others like this.
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    The headline makes it sound like staffing levels have nothing to do with the work environment.
    KelRN215, libbyliberal, IowaKaren, and 1 other like this.
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    well someone has missed the big picture here.

    leslie
    IowaKaren, nursenotamaid, lindarn, and 1 other like this.
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    Lies, damned lies and statistics. According to the article, nurses at magnet facilities believe their patients get better care but don't they typically lower staff to patient ratios when pursuing magnet....?
    IowaKaren, lindarn, libbyliberal, and 2 others like this.
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    Let's all drink the koolaid from the Journal of Healthcare Management. Not. What a crock. They are just trying to blow sunshine up each other's you know what.

    The only thing that has been proven by Harvard Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic, and has been endorsed by the Society for Critical Care Medicine to improve outcomes, decrease LOS and decrease nosocomial infections is SAFE NURSE PATIENT RATIOS.
    ChristineN, KelRN215, IowaKaren, and 7 others like this.
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    This is total load of BS! Low nurse to patient ratio gives the opportunity for positive work environment, positive relationships with co-workers and physicians, less stress and demand. This is article is a pile of maneur. If I am a tele nurse and have 3 patients sure I can help out my fellow co-workers and ask my patients " Is there anything else I can do for you? ". When I have 5-6 + patients and barely have time to take a break and pee in 12 hours then all that customer service junk they try to shove down are throats will get vomited right back at them, and what's sad is the patients is the one who suffers.
    mystory, KelRN215, IowaKaren, and 7 others like this.
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    My hospital is magnet and my floor just increased our workload to "raise patient satisfaction scores". Apparently giving us an extra patient will make all of the patients happier? I know I'm only a new nurse, but even the nurses on my floor that have been there 20+ years are saying that it's now at an unmanageable level and patient care is suffering.
    libbyliberal, IowaKaren, and brandy1017 like this.
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    Quote from Lennonninja
    My hospital is magnet and my floor just increased our workload to "raise patient satisfaction scores". Apparently giving us an extra patient will make all of the patients happier? I know I'm only a new nurse, but even the nurses on my floor that have been there 20+ years are saying that it's now at an unmanageable level and patient care is suffering.
    The thinking behind that seems to me to be similar to the logic of the saying that "the beatings will continue until morale improves."


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