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AAOHN J. 2007 Nov;55(11):470-5.

Nursing injury rates and negative patient outcomes--connecting the dots.

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Washington Hospital Services, Seattle, WA, USA.


The connection between nursing injury rates and patient outcomes has not been totally grasped in the health care occupational health setting. This article concludes that nursing injury rates are linked to the nursing shortage and less nursing time at the bedside, both of which have been scientifically linked to negative patient outcomes. Because nurses' working conditions affect patients' outcomes, more funding and changes are needed to improve these conditions.

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