The 5 new articles in the September 30, 2007 OJIN topic, The Value of RNs: How Can We Communicate our Economic Worth?
encourage readers to think about nursing’s value contribution, present and future, to the health care system. The articles discuss mandatory hospital nurse staffing ratios, the relevance and use of the National Database of Nursing Quality IndicatorsTM
), the business case for nurse retention, and reconceptualization of nursing’s value using cost-utility analysis. While economic concepts may be daunting, the content of these five articles gives a needed voice to demystifying these concepts.
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