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PATIENT FALLS: Happier nurses = lower fall rate

A relationship was found between higher rates of nurse job satisfaction and lower patient fall rates in this study of 2009 data from over 2,700 hospital patient care units (adult only).  The sample had a larger percentage of large hospitals than the nation as a whole.

Fall rates by type of unit were reported as follows:

  • 2.87 (surgical units)
  • 3.3  (step-down units)
  • 3.65 (med-surg units)
  • 4.06 (medical units)
  • 3.53 (overall)

Fall rate was calculated as (the total number of falls / the total number of patient days) x 1,000.

Source: Choi, J., and Boyle, D.K.  RN workgroup job satisfaction and patient falls in acute care hospitals.  JONA. The Journal of Nursing Administration;43(11):586-591, Nov. 2013. Click here to access publisher’s website: http://www.nursingcenter.com/lnc/Static-Pages/The-Presence-and-Roles-of-Nurse-Navigators-in-Acut.aspx   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org


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