Associate Professor of Nursing; Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.
Patient falls: Association with hospital Magnet status and nursing unit staffing†
Version of Record online: 7 SEP 2010
Copyright © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 33, Issue 5, pages 413–425, October 2010
How to Cite
Lake, E. T., Shang, J., Klaus, S. and Dunton, N. E. (2010), Patient falls: Association with hospital Magnet status and nursing unit staffing. Res. Nurs. Health, 33: 413–425. doi: 10.1002/nur.20399
The National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators data were supplied by the American Nurses Association. The ANA specifically disclaims responsibility for any analyses, interpretations or conclusions. This study was supported by the National Institute of Nursing Research (R01-NR09068; T32-NR007104; P30-NR005043).
- Issue online: 23 SEP 2010
- Version of Record online: 7 SEP 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 JUL 2010
- patient safety;
- magnet hospitals;
- nursing units;
- patient falls
The relationships between hospital Magnet® status, nursing unit staffing, and patient falls were examined in a cross-sectional study using 2004 National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®) data from 5,388 units in 108 Magnet and 528 non-Magnet hospitals. In multivariate models, the fall rate was 5% lower in Magnet than non-Magnet hospitals. An additional registered nurse (RN) hour per patient day was associated with a 3% lower fall rate in ICUs. An additional licensed practical nurse (LPN) or nursing assistant (NA) hour was associated with a 2–4% higher fall rate in non-ICUs. Patient safety may be improved by creating environments consistent with Magnet hospital standards. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 33:413–425, 2010