Nurses with degrees 'reduce number of deaths'

Daily Echo: Nurses with degrees 'reduce number of deaths' Nurses with degrees 'reduce number of deaths'

NURSES with degrees can reduce the number of hospital deaths, a Southampton study has revealed.

Research has found that hospital nurse staffing and the number of nurses with degrees all have a significant impact on the number of patient deaths after routine surgery.

A team of researchers, including lead investigator Professor Peter Griffiths, from the University of Southampton, discovered that a better-educated nursing workforce slashed unnecessary deaths.

The study concluded that failing to invest in degree education for nurses, alongside attempts to cut costs by reducing nurse staffing may put patients at greater risk of dying.

For every ten per cent increase in the number of bachelor’s degree educated nurses within a hospital, there was a seven per cent decline in patient mortality.

The study also shows that, in hospitals in England, an average only of 28 per cent of bedside care nurses had bachelor’s degrees, which is amongst the lowest in Europe, which averaged 45 per cent.

It found that increasing the production of graduate nurses is necessary if the NHS is to realise the potential of lower patient mortality and fewer adverse patient outcomes.

Professor Peter Griffiths, chair of Health Services Research at the university, said: “The study highlights two very important issues.

“One is that the number of trained nurses on hospital wards is a crucially important factor in ensuring that patients are safe; it makes it absolutely clear that low staffing levels are dangerous.

“The other issue that is highlighted is nurse education. There has been a massive backlash against educating nurses to degree level.

“These findings from nine European countries shows that hospitals, which employ more degree qualified nurses, have a lower rate of mortality compared to hospitals with fewer degree qualified nurses.”

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8:21am Wed 26 Feb 14

Quentin Heslop says...

Just more nurses would reduce deaths.
Just more nurses would reduce deaths. Quentin Heslop
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8:46am Wed 26 Feb 14

Vix1 says...

Having a degree does not make you a better nurse! Did Florence Nightingale have a degree? NO! In my experience, degree nurses have a poor bedside manner and a very clinical view of nursing care. I would rather be nursed by someone with knowledge and compassion, than by a walking, talking, robotic textbook! This is utter rubbish. What's needed is a higher number of nurses.
Having a degree does not make you a better nurse! Did Florence Nightingale have a degree? NO! In my experience, degree nurses have a poor bedside manner and a very clinical view of nursing care. I would rather be nursed by someone with knowledge and compassion, than by a walking, talking, robotic textbook! This is utter rubbish. What's needed is a higher number of nurses. Vix1
  • Score: 5

10:18am Wed 26 Feb 14

Mr E says...

A University promoting Degrees. How surprising.
A University promoting Degrees. How surprising. Mr E
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1:43pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Dr Martin says...

Quentin Heslop wrote:
Just more nurses would reduce deaths.
Not really, competent caring nurses are what is needed those who who put their patients first and not their wage packet
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Heslop[/bold] wrote: Just more nurses would reduce deaths.[/p][/quote]Not really, competent caring nurses are what is needed those who who put their patients first and not their wage packet Dr Martin
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