Anyone who has ever been hospitalized understands the vital role that nurses play in a hospital setting. While doctors perform procedures and surgeries, they often then disappear and only check in with patients intermittently. Nurses, however, tend to patients throughout the day and night to ensure patients take necessary medications and remain comfortable while hospitalized.
Unfortunately hospital budget cuts have resulted in some medical facilities lying off nurses. As a result, those nurses left are often forced to pick up the slack. A recent study conducted by both U.S. and Belgium researches shows that a higher patient-to-nurse ratio has an overall adverse affect on patient care and safety. Additionally, these researchers also report that a nurse's education has a direct impact on patient safety.