A 2003 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association documented that mortality rates from common surgical procedures were significantly lower in hospitals employing more staff nurses prepared at the baccalaureate level. In this report, that study's authors review case studies of 6 hospitals that demonstrate the kinds of initiatives employers are sponsoring to support a better-educated nurse workforce.
Authors' affiliations: Director (Dr Aiken), Research Assistant Professor (Dr Cheung), Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
Funding was provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Corresponding author: Dr Aiken, Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, 420 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6096 (firstname.lastname@example.org).