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Nurse Staffing And Patient Complications To Be Discussed At U.Va.

April 8, 2003--

WHO: Barbara Mark, Distinguished Professor of Nursing
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

WHAT: Talk - "Nurse Staffing, Financial Performance and Quality of Care,” Co-sponsored by School of Nursing Class of 1968 Lectureship

WHEN: Wednesday, April 16, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: McLeod Hall, Room 5044 Auditorium

A critically ill patient pushes the hospital nurse-call button, but no one arrives for up to 30 minutes. Similar scenarios play out daily across the country, supporting claims that there is a direct link between lack of bedside nurses and serious patient complications or hospital deaths.

Nationally known researcher Barbara Mark will present the Epsilon Group Lecture on “Nurse Staffing, Financial Performance and Quality of Care” Wednesday, April 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Virginia School of Nursing. Her talk is free and open to the public, and will be held in Room 5044 of McLeod Hall.

Mark is professor of nursing and principal investigator of a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study on nurses’ perceptions of staffing adequacy. According to Mark, nurses unquestionably believe that there is a staffing crisis and that poor staffing is coupled with decreased quality of patient care.

Her presentation is based on a study funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. Mark's study on nursing staff shortage is an example of how nursing research can be used to improve health care.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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