Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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
Berliner HS. Nurses' Working Conditions and the Nursing Shortage. JAMA. 2003;289(13):1632-1633. doi:10.1001/jama.289.13.1632-a