When RNs have too many patients to care for, we see a dramatic and dangerous impact on safety and patient outcomes. Study after study shows that there is an absolute need to set a maximum limit on the number of patients that can be assigned to each registered nurse in order to avoid serious complications, mistakes, and preventable readmissions.
For every patient added to a nurse’s workload, the likelihood of a patient surviving cardiac arrest decreases by 5% per patient.
“Better Nurse Staffing and Nurse Work Environments Associated with Increased Survival of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Patients.” Medical Care, January 2016.
For children recovering from basic surgeries, each additional patient assigned to a nurse increased the risk of readmission by a shocking 48%.
“An Observational Study of Nurse Staffing Ratios and Hospital Readmission Among Children Admitted for Common Conditions.” BMJ Quality & Safety, May 2013.
There is a 20% higher risk that a patient will die within 30 days of having general surgery at hospitals that don’t have patient limits.
“Comparison of the Value of Nursing Work Environments in Hospitals Across Different Levels of Patient Risk.” JAMA Surgery, January 2016.