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Closing Wards During Summer Time and Its Effects on Patients' Outcomes

Palese, Alvisa MNS, RN; Masala, Orietta MNS, RN; Capitanio, Manuela BNS, RN; Regattin, Laura MD; Deroma, Laura MD

Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 10 - p 448-453
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181f2ecf1

Closure of wards (units) during the summer is a management practice introduced in some Italian hospitals to deal with the national nursing shortage and seasonal staffing patterns. The authors discuss a cross-sectional comparative study that they conducted to assess the effects of this management practice on patient outcomes.

Authors' Affiliations: Associate Professor (Ms Palese), Clinical Nurse (Ms Capitanio), School of Nursing; Researcher, Epidemiological Unit (Dr Deroma), Udine University; Nursing Director of Surgical Department (Ms Masala), Azienda per i Servizi Sanitari n. 1, Isontina, Gorizia; Vice Director of San Daniele Hospital (Dr Regattin), Azienda per i Servizi Sanitari n. 4 Medio Friuli, Udine, Italy.

Corresponding author: Ms Palese, School of Nursing, Udine University, Viale Ungheria 20, 33100 Udine, Italy (

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.