Estimating Patient-Level Direct Hours and Costs of Nursing Care in a Pediatric Inpatient Setting

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The feasibility of using combined clinical and administrative data in an acute care setting to link individual nurses with their assigned patients to estimate direct nursing care time and costs was tested. The findings show the feasibility of using patient-level nursing direct-care time to obtain a micro-costing estimate of nurse care costs in hospitals. Patient-level costs were identified separately from aggregate group-level nursing care hours, demonstrating potential for further analysis.

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