Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Another Way to Improve Patient Outcomes - Nurse Job Satisfaction

INQRI-funded researchers have developed a significant body of evidence regarding the impact of nursing practices and processes on patient outcomes, even going so far as to examine the impact of nurse education, staffing, and work environment on the quality of patient care.

Now, data from the American Nurses Association's National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) reveal that nurses' job satisfaction does more than affect their intent to stay in their jobs, it also can translate to improved outcomes for patients.

 The data show that a 25 percent increase in job enjoyment and a 29 percent increase intent to stay was associated with an increase in overall quality of care of 5 to 20 percent. That quality of care included reductions in the incidence of injuries caused by falls, hospital acquired pressure ulcers, and infection rates -- all issues that have been addressed in INQRI-funded studies.

The story was reported in ADVANCE for Nurses.

An infographic on the new data is available here.

NDNQI tracks up to 18 nursing-sensitive measures and is used by 2,000 hospital nationwide to improve quality.

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