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Nurse Scheduling and Patient Safety Outcomes

January 1, 2011 | By |

Limited attention has been directed towards the work environment in health care settings, and the impact of factors in the work environment that impact nurses’ health and work performance and subsequent patient outcomes. Little or no research has been conducted on nurses work hours and how these contribute to patient safety. It is widely recognized that nurses play a critical role in the health care system, yet evidence of the effectiveness of the work hours and the scheduling models utilized for nursing work does not exist. This study addresses the need for an evaluation of nursing shiftwork and scheduling models employed in Ontario, in relation to patient safety outcomes.

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Funding:
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) and Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) $161,851.00 (2007-2009)

Investigators:
L. McGillis Hall, D. Doran, J.E. Tranmer, C. Mallette, & J. Peterson