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ANA SAYS STAFFING CONCERNS NOT NEW TO NURSES; INADEQUACIES SEEN AS PART OF OVERRIDING CONCERN FOR QUALITY PATIENT CARE

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A national survey conducted for the American Nurses Association (ANA) from a field of more than 244,000 registered nurses found that nurses are concerned about inadequate staffing because of the impact it may have on delivering quality patient care.
 "Concerns about staffing are not new among nurses, who have consistently cited a desire to provide quality patient care as their overriding goal and motivation for becoming and remaining nurses," said Sandra L. Houglan, M.S., R.N., director of ANA's Center for Workplace Advocacy and Labor Relations. "Staffing issues are part of larger concerns shared by nurses over professional respect and recognition for their personal commitment to patient care and their specialized health care education."
 A major survey of nurses was conducted for the ANA by the firm of Fleishman-Hillard Research. The survey focused on four main issues of concern to nurses -- patient care, professional respect, compensation and scheduling issues.
 The sample of some 1,200 nurses was drawn from a field of more than 244,000 registered nurses in all 50 states, with a 73 percent response rate and a 95 percent confidence level. Nurses were sampled from both collective bargaining and non-collective bargaining facilities. The survey was focused solely on staff nurses.
 The research found that patient care issues and professional respect dominated nurses' concerns in the workplace. Patient care issues, which were strongly linked to staffing, ranked as the number one priority in the workplace, followed by respect from hospital management and treating nurses as professionals. Nurses stated a strong desire to be given credit for their nursing education and their role as health care professionals.
 Most nurses expressed faith in the effectiveness of collective bargaining in promoting a safe working environment and improving staffing, but they did not believe collective bargaining alone would help them gain respect from hospital management or physicians. Nurses gave high marks to their state nurses associations for promoting the professionalism of nursing and providing a complementary mix of services to assure nurses' involvement in decisions which affect the quality of patient care in their work environment.
 Almost one-fifth, or 17 percent, of the nation's registered nurses working in hospitals are represented for collective bargaining, about the same percentage as the nation's work force as a whole. The majority -- 61 percent -- of nurses who are in collective bargaining units are represented by their state nurses association.
 The American Nurses Association is the only full-service professional association and labor organization representing the nation's 2 million registered nurses through its 53 constituent associations. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
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 /CONTACT: Kathryn Scott, B.S.N., R.N., 202-554-4444, ext. 242, or Lisa Wyatt, ext. 240, both of the American Nurses Association/


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