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Journal Article
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The impact of the use of employee functional flexibility on patient safety.

Salvador RO, Gnanlet A, McDermott C. Personnel Rev. 2020;Epub Aug 19.

Prior research suggests that functional flexibility has benefits in several industries but may carry patient safety risks in healthcare settings. Using data from a national nursing database, this study examined the effect of unit-level nursing functional flexibility on the incidence of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers. Results indicate that higher use of functionally flexible nurses was associated with a higher number of pressure ulcers, but this effect was moderated when coworker support within the unit was high.