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Nursing Injury Rates and Negative Patient Outcomes—Connecting the Dots

Charney W1, Schirmer J. | American Association of Occupational Health Nurses | 2007

Healthcare providers holding a discussion in a hospital hallway.


The connection between nursing injury rates and patient outcomes has not been totally grasped in the health care occupational health setting. This article concludes that nursing injury rates are linked to the nursing shortage and less nursing time at the bedside, both of which have been scientifically linked to negative patient outcomes. Because nurses' working conditions affect patients' outcomes, more funding and changes are needed to improve these conditions.


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Care Settings: Acute Care

Clinical Focus: Safe Patient Handling & Mobility

Content Type: Journal Articles