Lack of Nurses With ICU Skills Puts Patients at Risk - Study

Tamar Kahn, Business Day (Johannesburg), January 14, 2008 Cape Town -
Hospitals are grappling with an acute shortage of nurses with the
skills to work in intensive care units (ICUs), posing risks to patients
and driving up health-care costs, according to a national audit
reported in the latest SA Medical Journal. "Our nurses are tired, often
not healthy, and plagued by discontent and low morale," wrote the
researchers. "The quality of the training and continuing medical
education is dubious, (and) there are no effective recruitment and
retention strategies," they said. ... Lack