Study Links Readmissions With Nurse OvertimeModern Healthcare: Study Ties Nurse Overtime, Readmissions
Fewer patients returned to the hospital soon after leaving when hospitals reduced nurse overtime, according to a newly released study. The research, published in the journal Health Services Research, analyzed records for roughly 1,900 patients at four hospitals during the first half of 2008. Emergency room visits increased with nurse overtime, the study found. Findings support prior research that suggests nurse performance falters when work extends into overtime, according to the study (Evans, 4/25). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.