File this in the no sh%t column: surgery patients do better when nurses have better working environments. And this had to be studied? Why don’t we study why they are cutting nursing positions and replacing them with useless administrators? This study in JAMA Surgery found that “hospitals with well-staffed, top-notch nursing departments had fewer deaths after surgery than hospitals without those high-quality nursing departments”. Also, hospitals with the better nursing departments also had fewer patients die after a surgical complication. This is not even about the nurses being good or not. It is about numbers or more than one nurse for every hospital bed. So, what is the fix? Readjust the budget. Pay the good nurses to stay. Fix the working environment. And for god sakes, stop gaming the system by trying to replace them with more machines and lesser qualified personnel. This problem is all budgetary and the money is going to the wrong people, that being administrators.