Why not investing in nurses doesn't solve budget problems

08/30/2011 | HealthLeaders Media

Rather than saving money, hospitals can lose it by not investing in nurses, writes Rebecca Hendren, an editor at HCPro. Research shows that staffing can affect turnover, errors, patient satisfaction and the length of patients' stays, and those all have financial implications. "We have to stop looking at staffing numbers in isolation. Until we look at the whole picture, which includes everything associated with staffing, we're not going to understand financial performance," Hendren writes.

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