Check out our news clips from our Safe Staffing STAT Day of Action on June 7th, 2022.
“SEIU argues that short-staffing can lead to worker burnout and injury. The union says short-staffing is also dangerous for patients, who depend on workers to care for them. The union points to research indicating that higher staffing levels lead to better patient outcomes and that understaffing increases the risks of patients developing infections in hospital settings.
At the rally, workers recalled instances in which they’ve endured low staffing at their workplaces that, in some cases, forced them to perform a job solo when it would normally be done by multiple people. Others said workloads were contributing to physical injuries.”
“‘I can do my best at my job, but I can not do the jobs of three, four or five people,’ Craig said.
Each day there are several patients in the emergency room waiting hours to be admitted because there isn’t enough staff to prepare the hospital rooms quickly enough, Craig said.
“That’s an awful feeling knowing a person is sitting in pain. They’re waiting for me to do my job. But I can only do so much as one person,” Craig said.”
“A petition delivered to The Joint Commission June 7 asks the organization to examine hospitals on their overall staffing as part of their accreditation and licensing process.
“The Joint Commission should be accessing hospitals on their overall staffing as part of their accreditation, and hospitals need to be reporting on their overall staffing throughout their buildings,” the petition states.”
“‘We are calling on the Joint Commission to stop accrediting hospitals who short staff because the evidence is overwhelming,’ Kelley said.
“When safe staffing levels dip below a certain level, then patients are more likely to experience negative outcomes, including hospital acquired infections and, unfortunately, even death,” he said.”