Patient Safety: Overextended Nurses Make Errors

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 23rd, 2016

few years ago survey of about 95,000 nurses found that 36 percent of nurses in hospitals and 47 percent of nurses in nursing homes said their workload caused them to miss changes in their patients’ conditions.

busy nurse patient errors More than one nurse reported that her underfunded hospital didn’t provide enough float pool nurses and the best they could do is to beg a manager to come in and help, which was unsuccessful 95 percent of the time.

Being told to “do your best,” isn’t good enough for good nurses. When even your best results in patients not being treated appropriately, many nurses choose to just walk away rather than risk their licenses having to provide care in risky environments.

But even beyond the liability issues is their aching hearts. We enter the profession to give superb care, the kind our patients deserve, caring with our hearts and our hands. We need help. We need more nurses. To learn the best nurse recruitment and nurse retention strategies, visit SelfCare for HealthCare.

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