The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations [JCAHO] August 2002 media alert stated that “Nursing shortage puts lives at risk: Joint Commission expert panel issues urgent call to action.” Why has JCAHO issued this urgent alert? Because “patient care is suffering from a dramatic shortage of nurses, who are the front line of care and support for patients . . . too few nurses result in increased deaths, complications, and other undesirable patient outcomes.”

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