Nurse Staffing and Patient Safety: If Not Mandates, What?

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Health Care Forum Spring 2019, sponsored by the School of Business and School of Nursing

Starts:  3/12/2019  5:30 PM
Ends: 3/12/2019 8:00 PM
Location: M501/502

Studies over the past three decades show that the level and quality of nurse staffing can profoundly affect the quality of patient care, the morale of nurses, and even the likelihood of patient survival. These studies prompted efforts to regulate nurse staffing. With a few exceptions, the resulting regulatory approaches (e.g., mandatory ratios) have not yielded promising results. In Massachusetts, voters overwhelmingly rejected mandatory ratios in November 2018. But very real issues of nurse staffing and patient safety remain. So what do we do? If not mandates, what? 

Come listen to two of the nation’s leading authorities on nurse staffing and patient safety, people who have been key figures in the research and in the (at times, acrimonious) policy debate on nurse staffing:

  • Peter Buerhaus, PhD,  Professor, College of Nursing, Montana State University
  • Sean Clarke, RN, PhD, FAAN, Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the Rory Meyers College of Nursing, New York University

Our guests will bring us an experienced understanding of the research, the conflicts over nurse staffing and possible ways forward to improve patient safety. The program will be moderated by Robert Coulam, PhD, JD, Professor of Practice, School of Business. You can view this event in person or later by webcast.

Register today for this free event.