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Patient Safety: Why It May Be Getting Worse As Hospitals Lay Off Nurses

As 12,000 nurses prepare to head back to work after a one-day strike against 14 Minnesota hospitals, their central demand — that hospitals add more nurses to safeguard patient safety — remains unmet. It’s unclear whether the hospitals or the nurses will blink as contract talks continue. But a new national study lends some credence to the nurses’ contention that hospitals are cutting corners in patient care.