Nurses are alarmed by their low staffing numbers in Michigan hospitals. A new poll surveying nurses finds that 71% often feel over-assigned to patients. They say understaffing has led to medication errors, an increase in deaths and a larger number of nurses quitting.
Meanwhile, in the same report, hospitals claim there are no nurse understaffing issues and that patients have not died from the related concern.
“Nurses say that it is more dangerous to be a patient in a hospital right now than they have seen in the last six years.” — Kate Wells, reporter
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Kate Wells is an award-winning journalist currently covering public health and the COVID-19 pandemic. She says that patient deaths have significantly increased due to understaffing.
“42% of nurses polled know of a Michigan patient who died because the staff was stretched too thin — that’s double what a similar poll found in 2016.”