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Linking RN workgroup job satisfaction to pressure ulcers among older adults on acute care hospital units

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  • JiSun Choi,

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    1. National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, University of Kansas School of Nursing, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 3060, Kansas City, KS
    • National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, University of Kansas School of Nursing, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 3060, Kansas City, KS
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    • Senior Research Associate.

  • Sandra Bergquist-Beringer,

    1. National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators, University of Kansas School of Nursing, 3901 Rainbow Blvd, MS 3060, Kansas City, KS
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    • Associate Professor.

  • Vincent S. Staggs

    1. Department of Biostatistics, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
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    • Research Assistant Professor.


  • Conflict of interest: nothing to declare.

  • This study was conducted under a contract with the American Nurses Association. The authors thank Dr. Nancy Dunton for helpful comments on this manuscript.

Abstract

We examined the relationship between registered nurse (RN) workgroup job satisfaction and hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs) among older adults on six types of acute care units. Random-intercept logistic regression analyses were performed using 2009 unit-level data from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators® (NDNQI®) and the NDNQI RN Survey. Overall, RN workgroup job satisfaction was negatively associated with HAPU rates, although the relationship varied by unit type. RN workgroup satisfaction was significantly associated with HAPU rates on critical care, medical, and rehabilitation units. No significant association was found on step-down, surgical, and medical-surgical units. Findings provide evidence that higher RN workgroup job satisfaction is related to lower HAPU rates among older adult patients in acute care hospitals. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36:181–190, 2013

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