News from the Michigan Nurses Association
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House committee hears how RN staffing affects hospital safety
As the issue of patient safety in hospitals grows more prominent in the public eye, a state House committee heard an update today from an international expert on nurse staffing and patient safety.
Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN, presented the bipartisan committee with a research perspective on why adequate registered nurse staffing is widely recognized as one of the most effective ways to keep patients safe in hospitals.
“Results are clear and compelling regarding increased risks of injury and death for patients at lower RN staffing levels,” Clarke told the Regulatory Reform Committee. Clarke is a professor and associate dean at Connell School of Nursing in Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He has 15 years of experience in research on the issue, including work with the leading center in the field. “The overwhelming evidence from the research is that RN-to-patient ratios are among the most consistent predictors of the safety and quality of hospital care – and one of the few we can control.”