The American Nurses Association (ANA) spent two years conducting its Safe Staffing Poll online, inviting nurses to provide responses to questions concerning nurse working conditions and the consequential effect on patient care. With over 16,000 responses, the poll clearly defines the need for adequate nurse staffing to deliver quality patient care. Here are a few interesting points from the survey:
- 52.2 percent of nurses that answered the poll said the quality of care on their unit has declined in the past year.
- 72.5 percent do not believe the staffing on their unit is sufficient.
- 50.5 percent said they would not feel comfortable having someone close to them receive care in the facility in which they work.
- 53.5 percent of nurses are considering leaving their current position, and of that percentage, 43.2 percent said the reason they are considering leaving is because of inadequate staffing.
See the full results of the poll here.
Do you consider your unit to be inadequately staffed, and if so, what effects are you seeing on the quality of patient care?