Nurses demand better staffing levels, citing patient safety

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

August 17, 2011

The Pennsylvania state Department of Health’s recent investigation of Carlisle (PA) Regional Medical Center found that during several weeks in may and June, as few as three nurses cared for 30 medical-surgical patients at times.

Conditions such as these have lead nurses to demand control over determining nurse-to-patient ratios. The investigation also says that patients were often kept in the emergency department longer than necessary because there weren’t enough nurses in inpatient units.

Hospital officials say the report contains inaccuracies. The hospital is part of a for-profit 59-hospital chain based in Florida.