Business Journal: Study Critical Of Nurse-Patient Ratio
A new study of California hospitals suggests the state’s required nurse-staffing ratios have not improved patient care in at least two areas: patient falls and bed sores.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
According to the study by the California Nursing Outcomes Coalition, there was no statistically significant change in either area between 2002 and 2006. The state’s strict nurse-to-patient ratio law took effect in 2004. The findings are strongly disputed by the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest nurses union. The union says the group that paid for the study represents nurse leaders with close ties to the hospital industry, which puts their political motivations in question. The study was a collaborative effort of more than 185 hospitals, which submitted regular reports on falls and bed sores.