Journal Article

RN assessments of excellent quality of care and patient safety are associated with significantly lower odds of 30-day inpatient mortality: a national cross-sectional study of acute-care hospitals.

Smeds-Alenius L, Tishelman C, Lindqvist R, et al. International journal of nursing studies. 2016;61:117-24.

Nurses play a critical role in patient care through their constant presence at patients' bedsides, and they may have key insights into safety in their institutions. This study found that in hospitals where nurses rated quality of care as excellent, 30-day postsurgical mortality was better. The authors suggest that nursing perceptions of safety can inform targeting of improvement interventions.