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Decreasing nurse burn out could save Philadelphia $41 million per year

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Back in 2010, researches at the University of Pennsylvania determined that if a minimum nurse-to-patient ratio – similar to the one in California – was initiated, it would prevent 222 surgical deaths in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, new research by the same team indicates that staffing numbers are not the only cause of harm to patients, but also an overall bad work environment and the burnout it often leads to.

In fact, the study, published Monday in the American Journal of Infection Control, suggests that if the proportion of burned-out nurses in Pennsylvania was decreased from 30 percent to 10 percent, 4,160 of the two most common hospital acquired infections would be prevented. Additionally, this would save an estimated $41 million per year across the state.

Obviously nurse burnout is a large problem looming over hospitals. What solutions do you think would best help alleviate the problem? Let us know in the comments below!

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One Response to Decreasing nurse burn out could save Philadelphia $41 million per year

  1. nwrn

    When we look at studies on motivating employees, and creating healthier work environments, hospitals fail to adequately address these very issues for nurses. Solutions involve directly tackling these points. Take money off the table. Nursing pay needs to step up and match the responsibility and skill level of the RN. Make safety the only priority for nurses. That means appropriate nurse:patient ratios, proper equipment, and improved environmental standards. Ensure adequate staffing so nurses get breaks without compromising the nurse:patient ratio. Nurses need to be represented on every hospital board. Nurses need to be directly involved in the decision making process for hospital and clinic improvements, growth, policy and protocol development. Nurses are charged with being patient advocates, and Nurses must be in executive and administrative positions to do just that.

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