Symptoms of the Nursing Shortage Affect Patients and Their Families; Quality of Care Praised, Timely Delivery Questioned By Consumers.
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New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of -- Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of American patients that have received medical care in a hospital during the last year and a third (32 percent) of accompanying family members report that nurses were not available in a timely manner during their stay, according to according to
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3. a Hudson Healthcare survey released today. Given a choice, 39 percent of patients and 41 percent of family members said that adding more nursing staff would have the most positive impact on the quality of care delivered, outpacing the responses for three other options - adding more doctors, upgrading facilities or accommodations, or improving admissions procedures.
"As healthcare providers design strategies to alleviate the staffing crisis, the Hudson survey illustrates the front-end impact that nurse staffing has on consumers' perception of care," commented Steven Wolfe, executive vice president of Hudson Healthcare. "As patients are forced to wait longer to receive attention, pressure will increasingly build on hospitals and other providers to resolve inadequate staff levels. The providers that deploy creative solutions, such as importing foreign nurses, will rate high among their patients for care delivery."
The healthcare industry has anticipated an increasingly acute shortage of nursing candidates for a number of years now. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Noun 1. Department of Health and Human Services - the United States federal department that administers all federal programs dealing with health and welfare; created in 1979
Health and Human Services, HHS estimates that there is a 7 percent shortage of registered nurses for current open positions, a figure that could rise to 29 percent by 2020 (representing a shortage of more than 400,000 RNs).
Still, Hudson survey respondents praised the quality of care received by nurses despite the shortage. When accessible, the quality of care provided was rated very high, with 79 percent of patients and 73 percent of family members reporting good or excellent care. When asked about other options for improving care, only 15 percent and 18 percent of patients and family members respectively asserted that adding more doctors would have the greatest positive impact on healthcare. Similar percentages reported that better admissions processes would have the most positive effect on care.
The Hudson Healthcare Survey is based on a national poll of 1,354 patients and 1,539 family members, and was compiled by Rasmussen Reports Rasmussen Reports is an American public opinion polling firm. Founded by pollster Scott Rasmussen, the company updates its President's job approval rating daily and publishes at least one poll a month for each United States Senate and state governor race on its website. , LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
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Hudson, one of the world's leading professional staffing, outsourcing and human capital solution providers, also publishes the Hudson Employment Index(SM), a monthly measure of the U.S. workforce's confidence in the employment market. Next month's Hudson Employment Index(SM) will be released on September 29, 2004.
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