Survey: Nurses care for too many patients

Worcester Business Journal: More Massachusetts nurses are saying they have to care for too many patients at once, now up to 61 percent of those surveyed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Slightly more — 65 percent — bedside nurses said they don’t have time to provide patients with the care and attention they need. 

Having enough time to spend on patients was the top concern voiced by nurses in the survey. In each of the past three years, the rate of nurses saying they lack the time to properly comfort and assist patients and their families has risen. This year, it was 90 percent. Another 77 percent said medical errors, such as giving a wrong medication or dosage, could result from being stretched too thin. That was up from 57 percent three years prior.

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