Yesterday, Stacey Burling, reporting for the Philadelphia Inquirer, detailed how Hahnemann University Hospital plans to utilize more registered nurses (RNs) and reduce the amount of nurse assistants. This decision was spurred by a pilot study conducted in one nursing unit that found that using all registered nurses to care for patients instead of a combination of nurses and nursing assistants led to higher-quality care, and greater patient and nurse satisfaction. The hospital cites changing payment models that emphasize the importance of quality of care as a catalyst for this initiative. The hospital's decision also relates to INQRI studies that have found having higher levels of RN skill mix leads to better patient outcomes.
It should also be noted that the union representing the certified nursing assistants protested outside of the hospital yesterday in response to the new care model announcement?
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