How many nurses are certified on your unit? Does your institution encourage and/or support certification? Does certification make a difference in patient care and outcomes? In this issue, Kendall-Gallagher and Blegen explore the effect of unit proportion of certified staff on risk of patient harm. They note the following:
Findings from several different studies indicate human factors, such as level of clinician knowledge, are frequently identified as contributing to risk of patient harm.
In a study examining the ICU work environment, up to 27% of nurses report being certified.
This study showed a significant link between the percent of RN staff who were certified and a decreased number of falls.
It is challenging to use generalized RN certification data to explore empirical links with patient outcomes that may be based on specific knowledge.
See Article, pp 106–116
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