Nurse safety and patient health go together, new study finds

11/7/2011 | Nurse.com

Researchers assessed 28,876 patient discharges from 29 nursing units with 723 registered nurses and found that the odds of decubitus ulcer and nurse injury dropped 44% to 48% and 40% to 45%, respectively, for every 10-point increase in the average safety climate score of a unit. They also found a 68% increase in the odds of nurse injury per 10% increase in nurse turnover. "Patient safety and occupational safety for nurses may be related by common causes, and should be considered together in future studies," lead researcher Jennifer Taylor said. Learn more about ANA's work on quality here.

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