Quality nurses improve patient outcomes – and your healthcare facility’s bottom line
November 12, 2014 by Vickie Anenberg
Four nurses have made the 2014 list of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – a welcome and fitting tribute to nurses’ positive impact on the industry. Nurses in leadership roles, however, certainly aren’t the only influential nursing professionals in the industry. Every day, nurses in every healthcare facility in the country influence patient outcomes and satisfaction.
It should come as no surprise that the first few questions on the HCAHPS survey address the patient’s perception of nursing care. Evidence confirms that quality of patient care and positive outcomes depend in large part on the quality of nursing care. What’s more, multiple surveys show that the American public widely views nursing as a profoundly respectable profession that serves the greater good; a 2013 Gallup poll placed nurses at the top of the list of most honorable and ethical professionals.
When a healthcare facility has the passionate, qualified nursing staff it needs, patients respond and recover better and have a more positive view regarding their healthcare experience. Satisfied patients are more likely to return to your healthcare facility in the future, and to share their affirmative perceptions with others. In this way, the skill and dedication of your nursing staff ultimately help to drive the bottom line for the entire facility.
Given nurses’ ability to positively influence patient outcomes and the overall success of your healthcare facility, maintaining staffing levels is critical. Whether you need help creating a long-term staffing plan or assistance in filling unplanned staffing vacancies, Cross Country Staffing can help you find and hire the passionate, highly qualified nurses you need to positively influence patient outcomes at your healthcare facility.