WBUR’s Commonhealth decided to look into nurse staffing levels for nurses at Tufts Medical Center and ended up with some interesting numbers and a debate over what they mean.
A quick look at available data on staffing levels confirmed complaints from nurses who are in the middle of negotiating a new contract – TMC patients get less attention from nurses than those at other area hospitals. The question becomes – do they get enough?. Tufts says it is unfair to compare staffing levels at area hospitals because each hospital has a different mix of patients.
A spokesperson for Tufts Medical Center doesn’t dispute our numbers, per se, but says such comparisons don’t offer the full picture and that patient care at the hospital remains top-notch. “The numbers don’t truly tell the whole story,” says Tufts’ Julie Jette…Nurses say this dip in staffing — with fewer nurses available for more patients — has a detrimental effect on patient care.