A Matter of Life-or-Death: The Type of Nurses Your Hospital Employs

Good medical outcomes often depends on good nursing care. When hospitals cut back on nursing care, patient mortality rates climb.

If you want a good hospital, pick one that doesn’t skimp on the nurse-to-patient ratio. You should also look at the education level of nurses a hospital employs. Because not all nurses are equally skilled.

A recent study explored the chance that a patient will survive after experiencing a cardiac arrest while in the hospital. The chance of survival was strongly associated with the percent of nurses in the hospital that held at least a Bachelor of Science degree. Some hospitals utilize many lesser-trained nurses, people with associate’s degrees, for example.

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