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Nurses and nursing

Nurses and nursing

Have you been hospitalized lately? If so, this NPR story about nurse staffing will interest you.

How long did it take for a nurse to answer your call bell? How often did a nurse come to assess your status? How much time did the nurse have to spend with you?

I’m not surprised with the results of these surveys. I could have said the same thing forty years ago when I was working on a med-surg floor–1 RN, 4 aides, 32 patients.

Patients are sicker now than then, but adequate staffing has always been a problem. It’s unnerving that the situation never gets resolved. And, unfortunately, until we figure out how to pay for health care in this nation, we may see similar survey results forty years from now.

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