Exploring Nurses’ Perception of Dynamic Patient Events

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The study aim was to describe nurses’ perceptions of dynamic patient events (DPEs) impact on workflow and patient care.


The process of determining optimal nurse staffing has challenged nurse leaders for decades.


This study took place on 3 inpatient units in 3 hospitals at a large academic medical center. A qualitative design that included focus groups composed of RNs with a minimum of 1-year experience was used.


The most commonly identified DPEs were patient travel, code blues, rapid emergency response events, and requirement for an unplanned 1-on-1 sitter. The impact of DPEs influences the nurse’s perception on job satisfaction, workflow, patient’s safety/satisfaction, and delayed/missed care.


It is incumbent upon nursing leaders to understand DPEs and anticipate how these events impact nursing workload, staffing, and care delivery.

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