In the news: ANA poll results show seven out of 10 nurses report insufficient staffing levels

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, July 13, 2009

An American Nurses Association (ANA) poll that received more than 15,000 responses showed that more than seven in 10 nurses consider staffing levels on their units insufficient, according to a July 6 ANA press release.

The poll also found that more than half of the nurses said they are currently considering leaving their position, and 6,300 said they would leave because of low staffing levels. One out of three respondents said they already knew someone who left because of this reason.

The ANA has long been involved with nursing staff levels with its Safe Staffing Saves Lives campaign, calling for legislation to establish safe levels of nurse staffing. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act, which would require hospitals to develop staffing plans with input from nurses, is expected to be reintroduced in Congress later this year.

Source: American Nurses Association

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