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Considering the vital role of registered nurses in patient care, a recent study highlighted by The Washington Post raises serious concerns about the growing trend of substituting lower-paid staff for RNs in hospitals. The research reveals projections that reducing the proportion of RNs by just 10% could lead to nearly 11,000 additional patient deaths annually.

This investigation not only underscores the potential dangers of such staffing changes but also explores the financial implications for hospitals and Medicare.

Read the article by Erin Blakemore in The Washington Post to learn about the importance of maintaining adequate RN staffing levels and proposed measures to protect the health of patients in the face of a nationwide nursing shortage: Study: Subbing lower-paid staff for RNs could cause patient deaths

 

Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, CELA, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

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