As you face the day to day challenges of staffing your hospital facility, one area you may not always consider is the way it is affecting the mindset of your current nursing staff. A recent study by the American Nurses Association looked at this issue specifically and came to some disturbing, but probably not too surprising conclusions. You can read them all here, but the crux of the press release was:
73% of nurses don’t think the staffing on their unit or shift is sufficient.
59.8% of the nurses said they knew someone who left direct care nursing because of concerns about safe staffing
Of the 51.9% of the nurses that are considering leaving their current position, 46% say it is because of inadequate staffing
51.7% of nurses surveyed thought the quality of nursing care on their unit has declined over the last year
48.2% of the responding nurses would not feel confident having someone they care about receiving care in their own facility
These results illustrate how important it is to keep your nursing staff large enough to not only provide patient care, but also take the pressure off your current staff.