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Sick nurses, sad patients and avoidable deaths: outcomes of nursing work co...

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University of Southampton Highfield Campus

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University of Southampton, Health Sciences, Health Work and Systems Research Group

The potential for poor quality of nursing care to negatively affect patients and nurses has emerged as an issue in numerous reports into failings in NHS hospitals. Failure to establish an adequate nursing work configuration has frequently been cited as a causal factor. Nursing work configuration broadly indicates having the right people in the right place at the right time. It is not just a matter of having enough staff (staffing levels), but also ensuring that they have sufficient knowledge, skill and experience to operate safely (skill mix) and that their working patterns (shift work) allow them to perform safely and effectively.

In this seminar, three short presentations from the Workforce Research theme will address the following questions:

  • Does the organisation of nursing shift work, specifically long shifts, influence rates of sickness and absence among nurses? Chiara Dall’Ora (PhD student)
  • Does the level and skill mix of nursing staff on hospital wards influence the quality of interactions between nurses and patients? Emily Oliver (PhD student)
  • Does the level of staffing on hospital wards influence a patient’s risk of dying in hospital? Peter Griffiths (Professor of Health Services Research)

This body of work has the potential to inform future nursing workforce organisation practices, so that nurses may be healthier, patients happier and less likely to experience death while in hospital.

The event will begin with lunch at 12.00 followed by the presentations at 12.30

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