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Benefits of magnet hospitals supported in large-scale study

Nurses who work in magnet hospitals were found to be less likely to experience burnout and dissatisfaction with their jobs, according to this study of over 26,000 hospital RNs working in four states (CA, FL, PA, NJ).  Magnet hospitals were found to have a signficantly better work environment and a larger proportion of more highly educated nurses.  When analyzing responses from RNs in three of the states (CA was excluded from this part of the analysis because of mandatory staffing requirements), the nurse-patient ratio was found to be more favorable in magnet hospitals.  That is, the number of patients per nurse was lower in the magnet hospitals.

Source: Kelly, L.A., McHugh, M.D., and Aiken, L.H.  Nurse outcomes in magnet and non-magnet hospitals.  JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration;41(10):428-433, Oct. 2011.  Click here for more information: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/Abstract/2011/10000/Nurse_Outcomes_in_Magnet__and_Non_Magnet_Hospitals.9.aspx  Posted by AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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