Hospital Staffing: Nursing Education Tied to Mortality Rates
August 10, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg
An experienced, well-educated staff is vital to reducing patient mortality rates, according to a recent study by the University of Southampton. The study found that a 10-percent increase in the number of nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree correlated to a 7-percent decline in patient mortality rate.
Although a BSN degree is not required to enter the field of nursing, the additional coursework and training provide a more comprehensive understanding of nursing practices. It may also better prepare nurses to handle heavy workloads.
Increase Your Hospital Staffing BSN Average
In the results provided by the recent study, 34 percent of the nurses currently working in a United States healthcare facility hold a BSN degree. This figure is lower than the European average of 45 percent.
Organizations that would like to increase the number of nurses on staff with BSN degrees have the option of partnering with an experienced hospital staffing firm like Cross Country Staffing. Within Cross Country Staffing’s extensive database of experienced healthcare professionals, 58 percent of the nurses have a BSN degree.
Taking advantage of this trained talent pool offered by Cross Country Staffing will help boost the percentage of BSN-holding nurses currently on staff. This will likely result in improved patient care and decreased mortality rates.
Contact us at Cross Country Staffing to learn more about available workforce solutions, including how you can effectively utilize our extensive database of exceptional healthcare professionals.