Happier Nurses Correlated With Improved Patient Outcomes

Nurse job satisfaction is strongly tied to positive patient outcomes, according to the American Nurses Association National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators.

Data from the NDNQI indicate a 25 percent increase in nurse job satisfaction correlates with a 29 percent increase in nurse intent to stay in a job and a quality of care increase of between 5 and 20 percent, all over two years.

Increase in nurse job satisfaction also made for a safer environment for patients, including a 17 percent decrease in patient falls over four years, a pressure ulcer decrease of between 24 and 59 percent over two years and an 87 percent decrease in infection rates over two years. 

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