In the news: Scheduling issues

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, August 23, 2010

Following up on last week’s story about a new study by the University of Maryland School of Nursing, the question has been posed: Do hospitals, including those who have been designated by the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP), need to do more to improve scheduling for nurses?

According to Valerie Neff Newitt, senior associate editor of ADVANCE, long hours and lack of sleep are a key issue identified in the study, which looked at 14 MRP-designated hospitals and 157 non-designated hospitals. The study found that scheduling issues did not significantly differ between designated and non-designated facilities.

The study also found that, though widely acknowledged for improving patient outcomes and safety, MRP designation does not necessarily lead to better working conditions for nurses.

The study is published in the July/August Journal of Nursing Administration.


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