According to American Nurses Association, most of the 10,000 nurses participating in a recent poll believe the quality of nursing care has declined in the past year. Other poll results are just as alarming. A similar percentage (48.3%) of the nurses polled admit that they would not feel confident in having a person close to them receive care at the facility they work at.
The nurses recognize under-staffing as a major problem. Almost three-quarters of the respondents believe there to be an insufficient number of nurses in their unit. It appears the widespread under-staffing is forcing the nurses to look for work at better staffed facilities. 51.9% of the nurses are considering leaving their current positions due to inadequate staffing.
Under-staffing and high employee turnover at nursing homes leads to dangerous conditions for residents. Most of the situations involving: pressure sores, malnutrition, dehydration, medication errors and inadequate supervision stem from an overall staffing problem.