Alarming Data Supports
Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying
with a purpose.
—Zora Neale Hurston
The following data is a review of many significant research studies about the nursing shortage. I have included three types of research: clinical, organizational, and financial.
The current nursing shortage is different from prior nursing shortages experienced from time to time.
Nurses have been complaining about short staffing for a long time. Studies undertaken at the end of the 1990s confirmed what nurses feared the most—there is a strong correlation between the number of patients cared for by each registered nurse and the number of patient complications and deaths. Even one extra patient added to a nurse's assignment severely interferes with patient safety.
Studies about workplace environments show that nurses are routinely ignored and treated with disrespect. Nurses have frequently described how disrespectful behavior has interfered with their ability to fulfill their patient care responsibilities and to enjoy the same level of professional respect as others.
Managers have stated that nurse staffing cuts have been necessary to balance the budget. Yet studies examining the cost of the nursing