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Patients, family want more hospital nurses

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NEW YORK, Sep 20, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- U.S. hospital patients and their families agree that having more nurses would have the most positive impact on care delivered.

A Hudson Healthcare survey found 24 percent of U.S. patients receiving care in a hospital during the last year and 32 percent of their family members said nurses were not available in a timely manner.

Given a choice, 39 percent of patients and 41 percent of family members said having more nurses would be the most positive impact on the quality of care ahead of doctors, upgrading facilities or improving admissions procedures.

"As healthcare providers design strategies to alleviate the staffing crisis, the Hudson survey illustrates the front-end impact that nurse staffing has on consumers' perception of care," said Steven Wolfe, executive vice president of Hudson Healthcare, which delivers specialized professional staffing, outsourcing and human capital solutions.

The survey of 1,354 patients and 1,539 family members was compiled by Rasmussen Reports, LLC, an independent research firm.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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