Original ArticlesPatient Turnover A Concept AnalysisVanFosson, Christopher A. MSN/MHA, RN; Yoder, Linda H. PhD, MBA, RN, AOCN, FAAN; Jones, Terry L. PhD, RNAuthor Information The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Correspondence: Christopher A. VanFosson, MSN/MHA, RN, The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, 1710 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The authors declare no conflicts of interest and received no funding for the manuscript. The first author (C.A.V.) attends the University of Texas at Austin on a professional scholarship from the United States Army.The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US government or the Department of Defense. Advances in Nursing Science: July/September 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 300-312 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000171 Buy Metrics Abstract Patient turnover influences the quality and safety of patient care. However, variations in the conceptual underpinnings of patient turnover limit the understanding of the phenomenon. A concept analysis was completed to clarify the role of patient turnover in relation to outcomes in the acute care hospital setting. The defining attributes, antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents of patient turnover were proposed. Nursing leaders should account for patient turnover in workload and staffing calculations. Further research is needed to clarify the influence of patient turnover on the quality and safety of nursing care using a unified understanding of the phenomenon. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.