Effects of outsourced nursing on quality outcomes in long-term acute-care hospitals

M. Raymond Alvarez, Bernard J. Kerr, Joan Burtner, Gerald Ledlow, Larry V. Fulton

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Abstract

Use of outsourced nurses is often a stop gap measure for unplanned vacancies in smaller healthcare facilities such as long-term acute-care hospitals (LTACHs). However, the relationship of utilization levels (low, medium, or high percentages) of nonemployees covering staff schedules often is perceived to have negative relationships with quality outcomes. To assess this issue, the authors discuss the outcomes of their national study of LTACH hospitals that indicated no relationship existed between variations in percentage of staffing by contracted nurses and selected outcomes in this post-acute-care setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-143
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

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