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Hospital Readmission Rates Following Skills Training for Nurses Employed in Long-term Care Facilities

Hovey, Susan L. MS, RN; Kim, MyoungJin PhD; Dyck, Mary J. PhD, RN, LNHA

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000117

Reducing hospital readmissions is a priority for health care providers and affects Medicare reimbursement. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is a significant difference in readmission rates from long-term care facilities to hospitals with the implementation of a training program for long-term care nurses. The main findings revealed that the training did not significantly affect hospital readmissions; however, the organization saw a significant decrease in hospital readmissions after 24 months of data collection.

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Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Normal.

Correspondence: Mary J. Dyck, PhD, RN, LNHA, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, Campus Box 5815, Normal, IL 61790 (

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Accepted for publication: December 26, 2014

Published ahead of print: February 2, 2015

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