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Study of nurse staffing levels finds safety net status also a factor
Modern Healthcare

Higher levels of nurse staffing can lead to better patient outcomes, but not necessarily in safety net hospitals, according to a report published in Medical Care, a journal of the American Public Health Association.

In a study funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative, researchers examined discharge records for 1.1 million patients in 872 units—including 285 intensive-care units—at 54 University HealthSystem Consortium hospitals and looked for a relationship between patient outcomes and the hours of nursing care patients received.

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