Study Finds Employment of More Nurse Assistants in Hospitals Is Associated with More Deaths and Lower Quality Care

Study led by Linda H. Aiken of Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing) reports that hospitals that employ more nurse assistants relative to the number of professionally qualified nurses have higher mortality rates, lower patient satisfaction, and poorer quality and safety of care, was published in the leading scientific journal BMJ Quality and Safety.