Recent studies have shown that the decrease in nurses in hospitals has lead to decreased patient care, more patient deaths and more medical malpractice lawsuits. Nurses have the most contact with the patients, while they are in the hospital. Nurses have had to start working longer hours and taking care of more patients as a result of these nursing shortages. Due to this overload and inability of nurses to be able to focus as much time and effort on their patients, this has lead to a higher rate of negligence and wrongful deaths. A recent publication shows that there has been as high as a 31% increase in patient deaths at hospitals where there is understaffing. For the full story click here.