No doubt that there’s safety in nurse numbers
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No doubt that there’s safety in nurse numbers

Linda Aiken Professor and director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, US

Fresh evidence points to the risks to acute patients when staffing levels are left to the discretion of managers

Patients’ unfavourable views of NHS hospital care are significantly associated with a lack of registered nursing staff, not uncaring nurses, we show in a study. Only 60% of 66,000 patients from 161 acute providers surveyed by the NHS reported there were usually enough nurses to provide their care. One in ten said there were rarely enough nurses, and of these only 14% rated their care as excellent.

Nursing Standard. 32, 21, 29-29. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.21.29.s20

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