Understaffed NJ nurses call for hospital accountability, ratio regulation

New Jersey's largest nurse and healthcare worker union, concerned that understaffing of nurses leads to inadequate patient care, is calling for legislation that would regulate nurse-to-patient ratios and enforce stricter hospital accountability, transparency and quality, according to NorthJersey.com. A Health Professionals and Allied Employees union phone survey of 500 registered nurses in November revealed 44 percent of nurses report they haven't been able to provide proper patient care at least once because of understaffing. Eighteen percent of those surveyed said they've seen a patient hurt because of delays or medical errors due to understaffing and 12 percent said understaffing has resulted in patients developing complications. Article

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