Poor Work Environments Lead to Missed Care

Published on in CHOP News

Infant holding onto fingerA new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Nursing’s Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) finds pediatric nurses are more likely to miss necessary care when forced to work in poor environments. Researchers surveyed more than 2,000 registered nurses across 223 hospitals, asking questions about high patient load, relationship with physicians, and whether they had a capable and supportive nurse manager. When suitable conditions weren’t met, the researchers found nurses were more likely to skip on delivering care such as planning, comforting, teaching and counseling.

“This study points to the importance of examining what our nurses need to provide the best care possible,” says Paula Agosto, BSN, MHA, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at CHOP. “Pediatric nurses care for some of the most fragile patients, and we need to be sure they are provided a supportive environment in which to work.”

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