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RN Facts

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Health-care research continues to confirm the positive impact Registered Nurses have on the quality of patient care. Read the facts about how RNs make Alberta’s health-care system more effective and efficient below.

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Reduces hospital infections

Increasing the number of RNs on staff helps reduce infections and other issues for patients. On medical and surgical units, RNs bring specialized knowledge about diseases and viruses, improving patient safety and well-being.

Prevents hospital deaths

RN care is even more necessary when a patient’s needs are complex, acute and unpredictable. Adding more RNs to the acute-care hospital workforce can help save thousands of lives each year.

Shortens hospital stays

Direct RN-to-patient care can prevent problems that cause patients to stay in the hospital longer than necessary. The presence of an RN means your hospital stay is less likely to increase due to avoidable circumstances.

Cuts wait times

RNs provide more entry points to the health-care system. In hospitals, more RNs mean more efficient patient care, which helps reduce wait times.

Benefits long-term care residents

More RN direct care in long-term care facilities is associated with less pressure ulcers, hospitalizations, urinary tract infections, weight loss, catheterization and deterioration in the ability to perform daily activities.

Controls health-care costs

Significant savings are possible with a higher ratio of Registered Nurses on staff. Increasing the proportion of care provided by RNs reduces length of stay, complications and risk of patient illness or death. Combined, these differences equal net cost savings for health-care facilities.

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Learn more about CARNA

For more information about CARNA, RNs in Alberta and nursing career opportunities, visit www.nurses.ab.ca or call
780-451-0043 or 800-252-9392.

The College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) is the professional and regulatory body for Alberta’s more than 35,000 registered nurses, including nurses in direct care, education, research and administration as well as nurse practitioners. Its mandate is to protect the public by ensuring that Albertans receive effective, safe and ethical care by registered nurses.