A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that surgery patients in hospitals with better nursing environments receive better care without drastically increasing costs. Researchers found the 30-day mortality rate for postoperative patients was 4.8% at hospitals with more than 1.5 nurses per bed (NPB), while facilities with less than one NPB had a 30-day mortality rate of 5.8%.
“It wasn’t just the number of nurses that made the difference. Magnet status hospitals recognized for having excellent nursing programs and cultures do better,” study author Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, said in a press release.
While there’ve been numerous studies showing the benefits of a bigger nursing staff, the cost of hiring new staff has been an impediment for many facilities. Despite this, better staffed hospitals actually paid less ($163) overall per patient than understaffed hospitals.
May 6 through May 12 marks the celebration of National Nurses Week, an annual event to recognize the contributions of nurses throughout the country. In honor of Nurses Week, HCPro will feature a different special offer each day, including discounts, giveaways, and contests.
To kick off Nurses Week, HCPro is giving away a free white paper on nursing image, which comes with one free Nursing Continuing Education (CE) credit.
Click here for your free Image of Nursing White Paper and free CE.
Every day this week, there will be a special Nurses Week promotion. Watch out for discounts on a variety of nursing products, contests with prizes, and more. Visit The Leader’s Lounge blog each day of Nurses Week to learn about the newest offer!