INQRI congratulates all of the American Academy of Nursing's 2012 Fellows, but we would like to especially congratulate INQRI grantee Susan Letvak, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Letvak co-led her INQRI research team with Christopher Ruhm, evaluating the influence of presenteeism
(decreased productivity due to health problems) on hospital registered
nurses' quality of patient care. This study focused on
presenteeism among RNs suffering musculoskeletal pain and/or depression. They assessed the economic costs to the health care system
associated with presenteeism. Using a mixed methods approach, including
a survey and focus groups of RNs in North Carolina, researchers
documented a depression prevalence of 18% in hospital nurses.
Seventy-one percent of nurses interviewed reported working with some
pain and the majority of nurses interviewed reported that a health
problem had negatively affected their productivity on the job in the
previous two weeks. The team found that pain and depression were
significantly associated with presenteeism and that presenteeism was
significantly associated with patient falls, medication errors and the
perceived quality of care. Finally, the team found that the productivity
loss due to pain and/or depression was $14,339 per nurse and $876.9
million for the state of North Carolina. If these numbers were
extrapolated to the nation, the productivity loss would be $22.7
Congratulations, Dr. Letvak - we look forward to your induction as an AAN Fellow in October!