Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nurses' Long Work Hours, Scheduling Can Increase Patient Mortality

A new study led by Alison Trinkoff, ScD, MPH, RN, FAAN at the University of Maryland has found that patient deaths from pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction were significantly more likely in hospitals where nurses reported schedules with long work hours. This study has shifted the focus from how long hour’s effect nurses to how it affects patient outcomes.

Click here to read more about this study.

This study is similar to an INQRI study led by Susan Letvak, R.N., Ph.D., which investigated the effect of nurse presenteeism on the quality of patient care.

Click here to read more about Dr. Letvak's study.

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