This study led by Linda H. Aiken, PhD, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, finds that establishing safe nurse staffing standards in hospitals in Chile could save lives, prevent readmissions, shorten hospital stays, and reduce costs.
The researchers collected data from 1,652 nurses practicing in 40 Chilean hospitals and analyzed discharge data for 761, 948 inpatients.
Among the findings:
Chile has an excellent nurse education system that graduates more than 6,000 nurses per year, all with bachelor’s degrees. The findings from this study suggest that Chile has the resources and means to improve nurse staffing to enhance access to high quality hospital care, the researchers say.Read More >>