New research published in the Lancet has found that significantly fewer deaths occur after routine surgery when there is a higher proportion of nurses who are degree educated.
The researchers found a 10% increase in the proportion of nurses holding a bachelor degree was associated with 7% lower surgical death rates.
The study shows that increasing the nurmber of graduate nurses is necessary if the NHS is to realise the potential of lower patient mortality and fewer adverse patient outcomes.
Will this research stop negative media comments about nurses with degrees?
Read the full paper in the Lancet: Nurse staffing and education and hospital mortality in nine European countries: a retrospective observational study