Recent Research About Nursing, April 2009

    • April 23, 2009

Study Identifies Key Factors in Nurse Retention  

A new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation identifies several key factors that nurses weigh when deciding whether to switch jobs. According to researchers Christine Kovner, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., and Carol S. Brewer, Ph.D., R.N., work variety, autonomy, supervisory support, workgroup cohesion, procedural fairness, promotional opportunities, collegial nurse/doctor relations all contributed significantly to nurses’ sense of job satisfaction. “If nurses stay in their jobs, hospitals and the health care system will realize significant savings on costs associated with replacing nursing staff,” lead author Kovner says in Medical News Today. “More importantly, patient outcomes are at stake because when the nursing staff is destabilized by frequent resignations and high turnover, the disruption and inconsistency of service can have a negative impact on patient care and safety.” The study was published in the March/April issue of Nursing Economic$.

(Note: Nursing Economic$ March/April issue isn’t online yet.)

Nurses Reluctant to Report Errors

A new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety reveals that nurses understand the importance of reporting medical errors, but for a variety of reasons, often do not. According to study co-author Suzanne Brungs, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., nurses worry about the stigma attached to errors, and say that time pressures are a factor in the choice not to report errors. In addition, nurses reported that when they did report errors, they often received no feedback, creating the perception that the report has fallen “into a black hole.”