The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP)
recently released a survey that shows nurses are told “you are going to have to do more with
less” when caring for their ill patients. A scary prospect.
The majority of respondents of this survey said they have much less time
to spend with their patients because of chronic staffing shortages. These
nurses say the bottom line is the reason they are caring for patients
without enough support. Yet hospitals and health systems are reporting
record profits. For example, the report stated the Jefferson Health System
in the Greater Philadelphia region made profits of $452 Million over the
past two years.
"These results clearly show that inadequate staffing and patient safety
continue to dominate the concerns of Pennsylvania nurses, while the bottom
line dominates many hospital executives' actions," said Patricia
Eakin, RN, President of PASNAP. "Too many Pennsylvania hospital executives
appear to be creating a patient safety crisis by putting the bottom line
first, and skimping on skilled nurses and other health professionals."
For patients and their loved ones, this can have disastrous consequences.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is moving towards adopting a similar law
as California’s minimum nurse-to-patient ratios for acute care hospitals
and other healthcare facilities. But this survey and our work representing
those who have been affected by medical malpractice or other personal
injury cases resulting from a hospital stay, tell us that this is a major
problem. If your loved one is in the hospital, they may not have the ability
to oversee their own medical treatment. That’s why it’s always
important to have a relative or friend there to act as an advocate on
the patient’s behalf. Unfortunately, even this doesn’t always
prevent accidents and neglect.
If you or your loved one has been negatively impacted by a recent hospital
stay, please call our Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers for a free
consultation at (888) 899-0652.