Safe Staffing Saves Your Life

Op-Ed, Nurses Week 2015, Newark Star Ledger
Elfrieda Johnson, RN, St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark and JNESO Board President

If you or a loved one stayed overnight in a hospital last year, you joined 17.5 million others who have utilized inpatient health care services across the country. From the moment you entered the hospital until the moment you left, who answered your questions, delivered your medication and responded to your calls for assistance? It was more than likely a nurse.

Nurses make up the largest group of health care providers in the country. They are on the front lines of health care delivery for an aging and increasingly sicker population. While Americans are living longer, government reports indicate that nearly half of adults over 65 are living with more than one chronic health condition.