A 2016 poll released by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals showed that a majority of registered nurses working in Rhode Island hospitals believe that patient care is adversely impacted by unsafe staffing practices and compelling RNs to care for too many patients at one time.
The poll, conducted by Anderson Robbins Research, showed that only one third of responding RNs feel they have time to give needed care and attention to patients and their families. This poll confirms what nurses and bedside caregivers have been saying for years: Hospital administrators are unequivocally and unabashedly ignoring dangerously low staffing levels in Rhode Island hospitals and patients are feeling the impact.
Nurses and health professionals are being pushed beyond the limit and it’s led to a crisis of care in our hospitals. Because hospitals refuse to act, it’s time for the General Assembly to take action and ensure that patients are afforded the proper level of care and protection.