A recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune addressed nursing staffing issues in Minnesota (available here). The article notes a “long-simmering” issue between the nurses’ union and medical providers regarding nurse to patient ratios. To date, the studies regarding the effects of nursing staff levels are reportedly inconclusive. However, as the nurses’ union continues to negotiate and represent its members, the research regarding this issue will likely continue to develop.
Although not directly indicative of negligence, nurse staffing levels can be relevant in medical malpractice cases. Like physicians and other medical providers, nurses are required to meet standards of care within their profession. When a nurse is overworked and a facility is understaffed, the situations can be ripe for negligence. Indeed, nurses play an intricate role in treatment, monitoring medications, performing triage, and assisting patients after procedures among other tasks. Failure to properly perform these roles can have dire consequences for patients and potentially lead to medical malpractice actions.
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