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Overworked Nurses Are Creating a Dangerous Situation

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2020 | Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Statistics published by the website Healthline confirm that nurses in Florida and throughout the rest of the country are doing a lot of work for comparatively little pay.

Generally speaking, among the millions of nurses in the United States, many are feeling overworked and disrespected.

Many of these nurses said that they rarely if ever get enough sleep at night, and many others said that they frequently had to pull long shifts, working constantly for up to 36 hours.

While there are rumors that nurses get paid well, the reality is that most of them do not feel that they get paid enough for the work they do.

On a related point, many nurses have also said that they feel like they do not have a lot of control over the patient care they do. Around 3 out of 4 nurses asked said that they did not feel like they had the authority to make important decisions for their patients.

Overworked nurses are dangerous to patients

It’s no secret that medical malpractice, including nursing home negligence, happens more frequently when nurses are feeling over-taxed, exhausted and unable to make changes.

When asked, many nurses admitted that because of their workloads, they often miss important details about their patients’ medical conditions.

Almost half of nurses who worked in nursing home said that, because of their schedules, they had missed a change in a patient’s status at least once.

When nurses are not able to watch their patients as they should, it puts those patients at risk of developing a serious and potentially deadly condition which could have been headed off with a little vigilance.

In other cases, unmonitored patients may fall or injure themselves, and they may even wander from the facility.

Victims of nursing home abuse or neglect in the greater Miami area or Broward County should not have to suffer at the hands of nursing homes which try to cut cost by stretching their staff beyond what is safe.

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