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--Nursing News Abroad--- Your Health is Being Jeopardized by Nursing Shortages

Your health, and the health of your audience, is being jeopardized by nursing shortages. RealityRN.com, launching October 10, is the first and only website whose goal is to combat the shortage and decrease patient mortality rates in hospitals by focusing on new nurses and keeping new nurses in the profession. Nurses are available now for interviews.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 20, 2007 -- Your health is being jeopardized by nursing shortages. RealityRN.com, launching October 10, is the first and only website whose goal is to combat the shortage and decrease patient mortality rates in hospitals by focusing on new nurses and helping to keep them in the profession. The federal government is projecting a shortage of one million nurses and 24,000 doctors in the U.S. by 2020. According to a 2006 report by the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council, Illinois will face a shortage of 21,000 registered nurses by 2010. Two-thirds of these vacancies will be in the Chicago area. Numerous studies have shown the effects of short staffing on patient care. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that for each additional medical-surgical patient in a registered nurse's care, the risk of death increases by 7 percent. In hospitals with 8 patients per nurse, patients have a 31 percent greater risk of dying than those in hospitals with 4 patients per nurse. One reason for this is that new nurses are leaving the profession at an alarming rate. Stats show that almost half of new nurses leave the profession within 2 years of graduation. A solution needs to be found STAT.


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