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Increasing nurse staffing levels and a higher proportion with bachelor’s degrees could decrease patient mortality risk
  1. Milisa Manojlovich
  1. University of Michigan School of Nursing, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Milisa Manojlovich, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 400 N. Ingalls, Room 4306, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA; mmanojlo{at}umich.edu

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Implications for practice and research

  • Hospital efforts to save costs by reducing nursing staff may contribute to 30-day in-hospital mortality, while more nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level may help prevent adverse outcomes.

  • Policymakers need nurse staffing level recommendations based on scientific, business, social and political evidence in order to act.

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What is the role of nursing in improving the quality of healthcare? Policymakers need a good answer to this question, the path to which lies in better understanding the relationship between nursing, healthcare quality and costs.1 A long-standing programme of research led by Linda Aiken has explored relationships …

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