Nursing

Study finds supplemental nurses have no negative effect on quality

Nurse Leader Insider, December 10, 2015

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What do you do when you don't have enough nurses on staff and don't have the funds to hire additional staff? A possible solution is to hire temporary nurses to fill the gaps made by retiring staff, seasonal needs, or new medical programs.

Yet many nurse managers are leery of using temp nurses because of a longstanding stigma associating such nurses with lower quality care. This belief has been reinforced by media exposés on shoddy temp agencies skimping on background checks and allowing temps to jump from hospital to hospital to avoid misconduct charges.

However, a study published in The Journal of Nursing Care Quality contradicts that belief, finding that as long as hospitals do their due diligence when hiring temps, quality does not suffer.

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