NWONL Update: Misleading research fuels unnecessary fears about innovative health care advancements

July 10, 2024

A recent article in Medical Care Journal paints a bleak picture of the future of health care, claiming hospitals intend to replace registered nurses (RNs) with lower-paid and less qualified staff, which the authors assert would lead to poorer quality care and skyrocketing costs. The article even suggests that hospitals want a return to a bygone era of health care.

The American Hospital Association responded. “Let’s be clear — the care model imagined by the authors is disconnected from the reality on the ground. Nursing and hospital leaders are working every day with their teams to build modern, multi-disciplinary models focused on maximizing the quality and safety of care. Rather than assessing these actual changes in the field, the authors use highly dubious assumptions about the work happening in hospitals to deliver the innovations that modern health care requires and patients want.”

Read more from the American Hospital Association’s response. (Gena Cooper)


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