A new article is now posted in OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing that adds to the September 2003 topic, Patient Safety: Who Guards the Patient
The article “Improving Quality and Patient Safety by Retaining Nursing Expertise,” by author Karen S. Hill, begins by reviewing the novice to expert trajectory, describing differences between novice and expert nurses, and reporting the relationship between nursing experience and quality outcomes as measured by nurse sensitive indicators. Current data already indicate that outcomes, such as the incidence of patient falls and the prevalence of hospital acquired pressure ulcers, are influenced by the experience level of the nurse. Dr. Hill discusses the threat of losing experienced nurse and presents five strategies to maintain expertise in the nursing workforce.
OJIN is a peer-reviewed, online publication of the American Nurses Association (ANA) that addresses current topics affecting nursing practice, research, education, and the wider health care sector.