Nursing Research

  1. Presently I am in a relatively rare situation in healthcare.We have just opened a new hospital for long term ACUTE care. It is not only in the fact that this type of hospital is a new level of the continuity of patient care but my major focus is the opportunity in direct nursing care. Presently we are functioning with two to three times the proposed nursing staff to help offset start-up problems and enhance the develop the of staff for this type of care.

    Our nursing experience mix ranges from new RN graduates to experienced ICU nurses. We have made some major improvements in the patients recovery to this point. Additionally, I have heard several nurses, (experienced and new grads), state satisfaction in patient outcomes and providing nursing skills at the present staffing level.

    What I would like to do is implement some tools in order to track not only improved patient outcomes with more nursing staff but also the satisfaction of the nursing staff. Do you have suggestions that would help me utilize the information being provided on a ongoing basis to make the outcome data more valuable?







    Cathy Rhodes, RN
    rrhodes@neo.rr.com
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  2. 2 Comments

  3. by   jkh
    Hi Cathy,

    I hope it is not too late for a replay and I hope you still have a high staffatient ratio because I believe too,that you will have better outcomes. I found a old magazine that has some articles you may be interested in reading in the Journal of Gerontological nursing from Jan 1998 on staff ratios and training to improve care and another one one teem approach. If you are interested I could copy the aticles and mail them to you or give you information on abtaining a back issue.

    Good Luck with your unit I hope your are still staffed well.
  4. by   jkh
    Hi Cathy,

    I hope it is not too late for a replay and I hope you still have a high staffatient ratio because I believe too,that you will have better outcomes. I found a old magazine that has some articles you may be interested in reading in the Journal of Gerontological nursing from Jan 1998 on staff ratios and training to improve care and another one one teem approach. If you are interested I could copy the aticles and mail them to you or give you information on abtaining a back issue.

    Good Luck with your unit I hope your are still staffed well.

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