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Established nurse teams boost hospital care quality

from MedPage Today

Nurses who have known each other and worked together a long time on the patient floor make a measurable contribution to hospital productivity and shorten the patient's length of stay, a study shows. Researchers led by Ann P. Bartel, Ph.D., a labor economist at the Columbia Business School in New York City, linked individual patient files in Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals to personnel data in the nursing unit treating those patients — staffing increases and decreases, new hires, departures, and vacations, as well as tenure of individual nurses on that unit — to show the effect of teamwork. more

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