Registered Nurses Bring Value to Health Care
Registered Nurses play a key role in improving health care delivery. Research shows that the right RN staffing can lower costs to deliver health care and improve the quality of care and patient outcomes – a good investment. With their in-depth knowledge, RNs bring value to health care.
Improved patient experiences. A safe, higher quality system. Smarter spending. Proper RN resourcing creates a more efficient system and builds safer, healthier communities across Newfoundland and Labrador.
RNs in Health Care
From the operating room to long-term care, and outpatient clinics to home visits, Registered Nurses are involved every step of the way with:
In-depth knowledge and higher education
Advanced judgment and critical thinking
Comprehensive assessment and analysis
How We Can Save a Lot
Registered Nurses are doing everything they can to give people the best care. With more Full time Registered Nurses, we can save money, improve patient outcomes, and save lives. See how we can save a lot by watching the videos below.
A Solution That Makes Sense For Us All
Registered nurses directly impact patient outcomes. The presence of a Registered Nurse can mean life or death to some. It can mean the difference between a positive health outcome and a complication or readmission. The research is clear. With more RNs, patients who experience a cardiac arrest in hospital have a greater chance of survival. With more RNs, readmission of surgical patients may decrease by nearly 50%. More RNs decrease falls, infections, and lengths of stay. More RNs save lives.
Last year, we spent $47 million on vital overtime and sick leave. Without more full-time RNs, we could spend the same amount this year – or more. Investing in safer Registered Nurse staffing levels will cut down on overtime and sick leave costs. More importantly, it will create a more efficient health care system. More RNs mean fewer patient readmissions, complications, and cancelled procedures. More RNs mean shorter lengths of stay in hospital for patients. More RNs mean the cost to deliver health care decreases.
Registered Nurses manage increasingly challenging workloads and work environments, while also struggling to achieve a balance between work life and home life. Last year, RNs in this province worked over 240,000 hours of overtime. Registered Nurses routinely work short-staffed and sometimes work shifts of 16 hours or more. And, at times, they are forced to work 24 hour shifts. More Full-Time RNs will help prevent burnout and fatigue, improve work environments, and lower sick days and overtime.
Registered Nurses In Their Own Words
Registered Nurses know better than anyone that our health care system is hurting. They see the dangers every day. Listen as Registered Nurses share their stories.