Insufficient Nursing Staff Directly Correlates with Higher Risks for Patients

Insufficient Nursing Staff Directly Correlates with Higher Risks for Patients

The NINR  (which forms part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) states that the U.S.A is experiencing a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) whose affect can be most felt in hospitals where the majority of RNs are employed. In an abstract provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCMI), U.S. National Library of Medicine, it is suggested that “The worsening hospital nurse shortage” require an adequate “understanding of how nurse staffing levels affect patient outcomes”.


The Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, Dr. Linda Aiken, has taken a close look at the direct correlation that exists between   Nursing staffs and patient risk through a series of scientific studies. Consequently, in-depth analysis has shown that increased Nursing staff numbers were directly related to decreased patient death, as well as higher levels of patient satisfaction.


According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, “The outcomes [in Aiken’s study] are risk-adjusted and representative of a diverse collection of hospitals and surgical patients (eg, general, orthopedic, and vascular).” That is, the findings are presumed to be reliably indicative of an accurate and sufficient portrayal of the data obtained from the cross-sectional surveys utilized in the study.


In the corresponding article published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Dr. Aiken finds that “Clearly, there is a direct relationship between nurse staffing and patient well-being. Nurse staffing is an issue that needs priority attention on a national scale. Patients’ lives depend on it.” Expedited nursing education may be a viable solution to help address this nursing shortage and improve patient well-being.


Erudite Nursing Institute’s™ 7-week Registered Nursing (RN) accelerated program is the expedited option for qualified personnel to fast-track their nursing career pursuant national accreditation standards. The expedited and challenging 7-week RN program format allows the shrewd and distinguished nursing professional—who is able to make a full-time commitment to their future— to advance their career within a significantly expedited timeframe.


Based upon the implications of the well-received and much appreciated findings of Dr. Aiken’s study, the sooner the Nation is able to resolve the nursing shortage, the sooner we will be able to ensure adequate patient care and decreased risk for patients. In other words, the well-being and lives of Americans may be dependent upon—or at least in part significantly affected by—our ability to adequately train, educate, and prepare registered nurses in the most accelerated manner practicably available whilst maintaining the highest academic and professional standards. Erudite Nursing Institute™ is honored to rise to the challenge.



Aiken LH, Clarke SP, Sloane DM, Sochalski J, Silber JH. Hospital nurse staffing and patient mortality, nurse burnout, and job dissatisfaction. Journal of the American Medical Association. 2002; 288: 1987-1993.


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