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April 2, 2003

Nurses' Working Conditions and the Nursing Shortage

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(13):1632-1633. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1632-a

In Reply: Mr Welton is surely correct that the working relations between physicians and nurses are both critical to job satisfaction and easily overlooked when concentrating on the "big picture" of why nurses dislike their jobs.

Dr Powell-Cope and colleagues argue that lifting equipment and patient-handling technology could be effective in decreasing the loss of nurses from hospitals due to disability, injury, and job stress. Certainly it seems that nursing homes have made tremendous strides in reducing injuries to staff through the use of lifting equipment and other technologies. I believe, however, that additional staff on a unit to assist with some of the more physical tasks would also be effective and should be used in conjunction with patient-handling equipment.

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