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New nurses' survey reveals bigger workload and less patient time

from Infection Control Today

The nursing profession is changing, and the role RNs play at hospitals is expanding. And while most nurses are generally satisfied with their jobs, many have a negative outlook for the future, according to a new survey released by Jackson Healthcare, Care Logistics and Jackson Nurse Professionals. Factors such as inadequate staff to cover the number of patients and the addition of peripheral duties and documentation for regulatory requirements are cited by large numbers of the 1,333 hospital-based registered nurses surveyed as inhibiting patient time. Even indirect care, such as patient care coordination, paperwork and documentation, take time away from patients' bedsides. Nurses report these tasks can take between two and four hours of their workdays. more

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