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News brief: Nursing excellence designation leads to improved neonatal care

Nurse Leader Insider, April 30, 2012

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Underweight newborns are less likely to suffer infections and more likely to survive their first week in hospitals that have been recognized for nursing excellence and designated as ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® (MRP) organizations, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study examined outcomes of more than 72,000 babies weighing one to three pounds at birth from 558 hospitals.  The rate of babies who died within a week of birth was 7% at hospitals that had received MRP designation, compared to 7.4% in other hospitals, while infection rates were 16.7% and 18.3% respectively.

Although the differences in death and infection rates may not seem large, researchers note that the differences are significant and demonstrate that efforts to improve nursing care are successful. Researchers speculated that improved nursing probably has a large impact in neonatal intensive care units, but that the benefits of nursing excellence are likely to extend to all area of the hospital. 

Source: The Columbus Dispatch



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