A recent study published in The Lancet links patient mortality rates to nurse staffing ratios and level of education. Lead researcher and University of Pennsylvania professor Linda Aiken stated, "Our findings emphasize the risk to patients that could emerge in response to nurse staffing cuts under recent austerity measures, and suggest that an increased emphasis on bachelor's education for nurses could reduce hospital deaths." Read more. (Note: Registration on Nursing Times is required to read the full story. Registration is free and just takes a minute.)

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