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Influence of Appropriate Staffing and Healthy Work Environments on Patient and Nurse Outcomes

Influence of Appropriate Staffing and Healthy Work Environments on Patient and Nurse Outcomes

The association between nurse staffing and outcomes for both patients and nurses is not new. In 2002, Aiken and colleagues1 published a landmark study reporting that higher nursing workloads increased odds of patients dying and of nurses experiencing burnout and emotional exhaustion. These relationships, which may partially be explained by missed nursing care, have been confirmed in numerous other studies.2–7 Care omissions may result as nurses...

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