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Poor work environment, patient load tied to missed pediatric nursing care

Sixty-one percent of pediatric nurses in hospitals with poor work environments missed at least one care activity such as comforting, counseling, planning or teaching, compared with 46% of those in better work environments, researchers reported in the journal Hospital Pediatrics. The findings, based on a 2006 to 2008 survey of 2,187 pediatric registered nurses in 223 hospitals, also showed that every additional patient was tied to a 70% increased odds of missing a care activity.

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