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  •  The evidence shows what RNs have known all along: (0+ / 0-)

    Safe staffing saves lives! I hope the City Council in DC remains committed to the safety of their most vulnerable residents by passing this legislation. These nurses make me so proud of our profession! RNs constitute an "around the clock" surveillance system in hospitals for early detection and prompt intervention when patient's conditions deteriorate.

    According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the odds of patient mortality increased by 7% for every additional patient in the average nurse’s workload in the hospital and that the difference from 4 to 6 and from 4 to 8 patients per nurse would be accompanied by 14% and 31% increases in mortality, respectively.

    Suppose a hospital doubles the patient load per nurse from four to eight. Then, for every three patients who unfortunately died, despite the staff’s best efforts, there would now be four deaths. Just like the family of that fourth patient, we think it’s wrong to double the workload of RNs when you know that’s going to happen.

    Conversely, when a hospital imposes a workload of eight patients per RN, we know that by refusing to accept the scientifically recommended ratio, then one out of every four patient deaths happen unnecessarily. Nurses won't back down in this advocacy fight!

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