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Journal of Nursing Administration:
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181d0426e
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Expanding What We Know About Off-peak Mortality in Hospitals

Hamilton, Patti PhD, RN; Mathur, Sondip PhD; Gemeinhardt, Gretchen PhD, MBA; Eschiti, Valerie PhD, RN; Campbell, Marie PhD

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Abstract

For more than 30 years, a negative "off-peak effect" on patient outcomes has been associated with weekend and/or nighttime hospitalization in more than 25 diagnostic groups. Descriptive studies have verified the presence of this off-peak effect on patient outcomes but have done little to explain its cause. Institutional ethnography is a promising method for describing challenges nurses encounter and deal with on off-peak shifts and for exploring how those challenges arose in institutions designed to avoid such outcomes. The authors discuss their research and suggest a number of steps that nurse administrators might take to enhance their knowledge for handling off-peak challenges in their hospitals.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

 

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