Chronic Hospital Nurse Understaffing Meets COVID-19

Research Brief

Chronic Hospital Nurse Understaffing Meets COVID-19

An Observational Study

KEY FINDINGS

A study of hospitals in New York and Illinois at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic found that most did not meet benchmark patient-to-nurse staffing ratios for medical-surgical or intensive care units. New York City hospitals had especially low staffing ratios. Understaffed hospitals were associated with less job satisfaction among nurses, unfavorable grades for patient safety and quality of care, and hesitance by nurses and patients to recommend their hospitals.