According to the Administration on Aging, 1 in 4 patients admitted to a skilled nursing facility are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days at a cost of $4.3 billion dollars. In particular, hospital emergency rooms see a disproportionate number of elderly long-term care residents in their patient population, and this number appears to be increasing. Researchers at
The Magnet Recognition Program focuses on different “forces of magnetism” that drive nursing excellence. One of the key forces is Structural Empowerment, which means that effective performance management should drive high nursing standards. In the area of Professional Development, organizations with ANCC Magnet Recognition® strive to provide nurses with timely performance reviews and to set professional
Residents in long-term care communities are more likely to be healthy and avoid injury when they are cared for by fully staffed teams of RNs and caregivers. Unsurprisingly, residents of communities that struggle with high turnover of RNs and caregivers are at greater risk of infection and hospitalization, according to research published in the Journal of the American
New research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and published in Medical Care, shows that creating positive work environments for nurses and higher nurse-to-patient staffing ratios can result in healthier patients and fewer readmissions. Patients recover sooner when they are cared for by an adequately staffed nursing team who feels comfortable and happy in their work environment.