Nurses' working conditions: Implications for infectious disease

Patricia W. Stone, Sean P. Clarke, Jeannie Cimioiti, Rosaly Correa-De-Araujo

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Staffing patterns and nurses' working conditions are risk factors for healthcare-associated infections as well as occupational injuries and infections. Staffing shortages, especially of nurses, have been identified as one of the major factors expected to constrain hospitals' ability to deal with future outbreaks of emerging infections. These problems are compounded by a global nursing shortage. Understanding and improving nurses' working conditions can potentially decrease the incidence of many infectious diseases. Relevant research is reviewed, and policy options are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1984-1989
Number of pages6
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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