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The shortage in nurses heavily weighs on the overall quality of care that each individual patient receives during their hospital stay (Rosseter, 2014). There are various issues that arise with having a shortage among nurses in the hospital setting. Scientists have found that nursing shortages can lead to both complications during a patient’s hospital stay and in some cases patient mortality. This is due to the fact that nurses are unable to focus on proper care for each individual patient’s needs. Assessment of Findings Nurse Staffing and Inpatient Hospital Mortality According to J. Needleman et al., “lower levels of staffing among registered nurses [in the hospital setting]” has shown an association with increased patient mortality.
When facilities do not have adequate staffing the patients and the nurses suffer. In addition to the shortages America is facing, nurses are becoming increasingly stressed and over work. At the same time, the patient care is declining. There are two areas in which the lack of staffing is happening in the United States. First, schools are not accepting enough qualified applicants into the nursing programs.
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