Hiring more nurses could save money

Hospitals should focus on quality of care to prevent costly complications and longer stays
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 08/15/2005

While there aren’t enough nurses to meet patient demand, cuts to nursing staffs continue across the country as hospitals try to balance their budgets.

Instead of focusing on cutting costs — either through layoffs, early retirement packages, or direct service cuts — Doris Grinspun would rather hospitals focus on improving the quality of care.

“There will come a time when we need to understand that quality care costs money,” said Grinspun, executive director of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO), the professional association representing nurses. “The evidence has shown without any shred of doubt that the more registered nurses you have, the more you prevent complications and the more early discharges you have. That saves money.”