A National Study Links Nurses’ Physical and Mental Health to Medical Errors and Perceived Worksite Wellness

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Abstract

Objective:

The aim of this study was to describe (1) nurses’ physical and mental health; (2) the relationship between health and medical errors; and (3) the association between nurses’ perceptions of wellness support and their health.

Methods:

A cross-sectional descriptive survey was conducted with 1790 nurses across the U.S.

Results:

Over half of the nurses reported suboptimal physical and mental health. Approximately half of the nurses reported having medical errors in the past 5 years. Compared with nurses with better health, those with worse health were associated with 26% to 71% higher likelihood of having medical errors. There also was a significant relationship between greater perceived worksite wellness and better health.

Conclusion:

Wellness must be a high priority for health care systems to optimize health in clinicians to enhance high-quality care and decrease the odds of costly preventable medical errors.

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