Trends in Nursing Care Efficiency From 2007 to 2011 on Acute Nursing Units

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Executive Summary▸ Improving the efficiency of health care is a national priority.▸ The purpose of this study was to estimate trends in the efficiency of nursing care.▸ Specifically, the baseline and rate of change in efficiency in the association between select hospital and nursing unit characteristics (e.g., nurse staffing levels) and indicators of patient safety (e.g., fall rates and hospital-acquired pressure ulcer rates) was investigated.▸ A small but significant improvement in efficiency for non-Magnet® hospitals and units with increased RN hours per patient day was found.▸ Trends in efficiency varied by unit type, with medical units showing the greatest improvement.▸ In general, efficiency improved most in health care settings having the greatest opportunity for improvement.

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