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Free Lecture to Address Nursing Shortage and Patient Safety


For immediate release
Date:  2006

Jan. 3, 2006, Seattle - The University of Washington School of Nursing will present a free, public lecture about the national nursing shortage and its impact on patient safety Feb. 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in the United States-above car accidents and breast cancer. Evidence shows that nursing care is directly related to patient safety, so why doesn't nurse staffing receive more attention? Ground-breaking research reveals that five deaths for every 1,000 patients could be prevented if each nurse cared for four patients instead of eight. How do hospital staffing, nurse education and work environments affect our safety and health?

WHAT: UW School of Nursing 27th Annual Elizabeth Sterling Soule Endowed Lecture: The Nursing Shortage: The Impact of Nursing and Patient Safety
WHO: Dr. Linda Aiken, Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing, University of Pennsylvania
WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2006
Lecture: 5:30 p.m., 130 Kane Hall
University of Washington Seattle campus

About Dr. Aiken A pioneering researcher of the relationship between nursing care and patient outcomes, Linda Aiken is the Claire M. Fagin Leadership Professor in Nursing and professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She currently directs the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research. Her research and leadership of both the International Hospital Outcomes Consortium and the international Nursing Quality Improvement initiative have helped show how magnet hospital standards improve quality of care in the United States and abroad.


The University of Washington School of Nursing is consistently the nation’s No. 1-ranked nursing school, according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked No. 3 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the UW School of Nursing is a national and international leader in improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. The school addresses society’s most pressing challenges in health care through innovative teaching, award winning research and community service.