Staffing and budgeting issues will always affect the delivey of health care and the quality of that delivery. The growing nursing shortage affects these issues, but is also the victim of these as well.
U.S. Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are circulating a "Dear Colleagues" letter in the U.S. Senate similar to the one which recently circulated in the House of Representatives. This letter is asking Senators to support appropriate funding for the Title VIII Nursing workforce Development funding. The NLN (National League for Nurses) is calling for all U.S. nurses to contact their Senators to please sign this letter by Tues. April 1.
Short staffing can cause all sorts of issues for quality of care and patient safety.As nurses we are acutely aware of this problem. The ANA (American Nurses Association) would like nurses to take the Safe Staffing Poll so that they can be sure that they are on target in promoting safe staffing.