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Nurses Value Work Environment Over Staffing Levels

  1. 0 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
  2. Visit  DoGoodThenGo profile page

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    From 'La Pomme Grand - NY'; Joined Jul '09; Posts: 3,926; Likes: 4,920.

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  3. Visit  ukstudent profile page
    15
    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.
  4. Visit  NickiLaughs profile page
    11
    lol, a good work environment is often because of safe staffing levels.
    mystory, KelRN215, brandy1017, and 8 others like this.
  5. Visit  Not_A_Hat_Person profile page
    4
    The headline makes it sound like staffing levels have nothing to do with the work environment.
    KelRN215, libbyliberal, IowaKaren, and 1 other like this.
  6. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
    4
    well someone has missed the big picture here.

    leslie
    IowaKaren, nursenotamaid, lindarn, and 1 other like this.
  7. Visit  VICEDRN profile page
    5
    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.
  8. Visit  libbyliberal profile page
    10
    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.
  9. Visit  oshkosh20 profile page
    10
    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.
  10. Visit  Lennonninja profile page
    3
    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.
  11. Visit  chuckster profile page
    7
    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."
  12. Visit  gcupid profile page
    3
    Can you truly seperate a positive work environment from staffing levels...?

    This will not cost any grant money. Despite numerous variables that can or can not be accounted for precisely, I conclude that staffing levels affect the work environment.

    The article implies that Managers can do something about the work environment but will not be able to control staffing levels due to the nursing shortage to come. Is that really accurate?

    What about the present glut of nurses? Surely there are enough nurses to hire but nothing is done.....This research is insulting.

    It's suprising to me to see that a nurse was involved with this study. Nursing research amazes me.
    brandy1017, mystory, and IowaKaren like this.
  13. Visit  brandy1017 profile page
    2
    I didn't go into nursing to be told what to do and how to do it, scripting and whatever the latest gimmicks the hospitals come up with and impose on us. It's sad but every time some new gimmick is introduced I see that all the rest of you are dealing with the same thing. The newest, latest and greatest trick to raise press ganey scores and "customer service".

    But if you have legitimate concerns they don't want to hear it. They just try to twist you like a pretzel and turn you into a stepford nurse. Most of their new ideas are not workable or practical and serve only to make the job harder and more time consuming. Couple that with broken equipment and lack of safe lift equipment and cutting staffing and you are supposed to be molly martyr and smile how happy you are!

    It makes me very sad and I want to know who comes up with all the stupid ideas. Probably getting a bonus for cutting pay and benefits and making our jobs more difficult.
    mystory and KelRN215 like this.
  14. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
    2
    Quote from brandy1017
    I didn't go into nursing to be told what to do and how to do it, scripting and whatever the latest gimmicks the hospitals come up with and impose on us. It's sad but every time some new gimmick is introduced I see that all the rest of you are dealing with the same thing. The newest, latest and greatest trick to raise press ganey scores and "customer service".

    But if you have legitimate concerns they don't want to hear it. They just try to twist you like a pretzel and turn you into a stepford nurse. Most of their new ideas are not workable or practical and serve only to make the job harder and more time consuming. Couple that with broken equipment and lack of safe lift equipment and cutting staffing and you are supposed to be molly martyr and smile how happy you are!

    It makes me very sad and I want to know who comes up with all the stupid ideas. Probably getting a bonus for cutting pay and benefits and making our jobs more difficult.
    Amen! The annual bonus the CEO at my hospital gets is roughly the equivalent of 9 nurses' annual salary.
    Not_A_Hat_Person and mystory like this.


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