Involving nurses in decisions: Improving both nurse and patient outcomes
Objective: The objective of this study was to determine the relationship between nurse involvement in decisions and nurse-patient outcomes. Background: Evidence demonstrates that nurse involvement is associated with satisfaction, but little evidence exists about patient effects. Because of significant resource expenditure, evidence about expected outcomes is needed. Methods: Outcomes classified as patient satisfaction, nurse satisfaction, infections, and adverse events were compared between units with high and low levels of involvement from 9 hospitals in Colorado. Results: Involving nurses in outcomes evaluation was associated with better patient outcomes. High involvement units had fewer infections and pressure ulcers. Conclusions: A formal structure was not required to involve nurses in decisions and is related to nurse and patient satisfaction demonstrating a reduction in adverse events. © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Houser, Janet; Erkenbrack, Lysa; Handberry, Lydia; Ricker, Fran; and Stroup, Linda, "Involving nurses in decisions: Improving both nurse and patient outcomes" (2012). Regis University Faculty Publications (comprehensive list). 763.