RN staffing levels can affect readmissions, study finds

04/26/2011 | Center for Advancing Health

Hospitals using more non-overtime registered nurses reduced the risk of patient readmissions because the RNs had more time to teach patients how to manage their health conditions after discharge, according to a study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The report in the journal Health Services Research also found hospitals that had higher levels of RN overtime had poorer discharge outcomes and more ED visits in the 30 days after discharge.

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