Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Contact: Sara Wallenfang, 517-974-4966
Nurses report alarming rates of preventable harm in Michigan hospitals
Independent survey reveals 86% of RNs say patient care is suffering because they are assigned too many patients; 22% report patient death directly linked to unsafe assignments
Michigan’s Registered Nurses are frequently forced to care for too many patients at once, and patients are being harmed as a result, according to a new independent survey that is the first of its kind ever done in Michigan.
Nearly 9-in-10 (86%) of RNs said patient care is suffering because they are assigned too many patients. Half (50%) of the Registered Nurses surveyed said they have an unsafe number of patients on at least half their shifts.
“We should pay attention when Registered Nurses are telling us there’s a problem with hospital safety, because they are the ones who provide most of the patient care,” said state Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan). “I hope this survey helps spark a public conversation about making sure every hospital provides proper nursing care. Protecting patients from harm should be a concern for all of us, on both sides of the aisle, no matter where you live.”