Work Environment Factors Other Than Staffing Associated With Nurses’ Ratings of Patient Care Quality

The impact of registered nurse (RN) staffing on patient care quality has been extensively studied. Identifying additional modifiable work environment factors linked to patient care quality is critical as the projected shortage of approximately 250,000 RNs over the next 15 years will limit institutions’ ability to rely on RN staffing alone to ensure high-quality care. In this study, we examined the association between RNs’ ratings of patient care quality and several novel work environment factors adjusting for the effects of two staffing variables: reported patient-to-RN ratios and ratings of staffing adequacy.


Djukic, M., Kovner, C.T., Brewer, C.S., Fatehi, F.K., & Cline, D.D.

Health Care Management Review. 2013, 38(2), 105-114. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0b013e3182388cc3

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