From the ANA website, one of the sources of nursing news (see )

HHS Study Links Patient Outcomes and Nurse Staffing
The results of a recent study conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration are
consistent with ANA research regarding patient outcomes and nurse
staffing -- patients fare better when RNs play a significant role in the
staffing mix. The HHS study revealed that strong and consistent
relationships were found between hospital nurse staffing levels and five
patient outcomes - urinary track infections, shock, length of stay, upper
gastrointestinal bleeding and pneumonia. These adverse outcomes were reduced
by 3 to 12 percent when there were higher numbers of RNs in the staffing
mix. A decrease of 2 to 25 percent of these adverse outcomes also was
associated with higher staffing levels of all nurses. These results are
consistent with the ANA study "Nurse Staffing and Patient Outcomes in the
Inpatient Hospital Setting,", which revealed that
adverse conditions, similar to the ones used in the HHS study, markedly
decreased with higher levels of RN involvement in patient care.

For a copy of the HHS study, go to

This government study is by the authors listed...

This should be it - Peg

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----- Original Message -----
From: "Patty Kahn" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 12:38 PM
Subject: ? Study on nurse staffing & complications

> I'm trying to track down a study that was reported in the Boston Globe on
4/24/01  -
> but no citation was given and I can't find it!
> In general it states that nurse understaffing can strongly affect the
chances of adverse outcomes in the hospital.
> The study was directed by Jack Needleman, Harvard School of Public Health.
Peter I. Bueurhaus of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing is a
> Hope someone can help with this,
> TIA,
> Patty
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