51% of Pennsylvania nurses say their workplace influence has dropped in last 5 years

Pennsylvania nurses are experiencing staffing issues, high turnover and a decrease in workplace influence, according to a report from the nonprofit organization Nurses of Pennsylvania.

The report is based on a survey of 1,000 bedside nurses in the state. Respondents included nurses from hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities and long-term care facilities.

Here are five survey findings.

1. Fifty-one percent of nurses said their input on how things are done in the workplace has decreased over the last five years.

2. About 69 percent said the time they spend at patients' bedside has dropped over the last five years.

3. Ninety-four percent of nurses said their facility doesn't staff enough nurses, and 87 percent said staffing levels adversely affecting patient care are worsening.

4. Eighty-four percent of respondents reported high levels of nursing turnover at their facilities.

5. Ninety-five percent of nurses said the national conversation around healthcare does not adequately reflect the voice of nurses.  

"Nurse and support staff numbers of dwindling, public health emergencies like the opioid crisis are filling emergency departments, and meanwhile, nurses are burning out or leaving the field altogether," Antoinette Kraus, Nurses of Pennsylvania board member and executive director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, said in a press release emailed to Becker's. "That's not responsible healthcare. For the health of our families and our futures, it's time we listen to nurses."

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