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Nurses Who Teach Lead Best

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, October 16, 2012

The study also ranked managers by changes in productivity that occurred when they were added or removed from a team, as well as changes in productivity of workers who moved from one boss to another.

Replacing a low-performing boss with a high-performing boss raised productivity by 12%. Also, assigning a tenth worker to the team raised productivity about 11%. This finding is consistent with other nursing-related research which finds a higher nurse-patient ratio is associated with better outcomes.

For example, a study published over the summer in the American Journal of Infection Control found that hospitals with more nurses and lower patient-nurse ratios had fewer infections than hospitals with fewer nurses.

The effect of good nurse leaders can't be overstated, and this new study about high-quality bosses is only one piece of evidence to support that fact. It's something that it's my job to think about. 

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Nona Fain PhD RN (11/16/2012 at 8:05 PM)
A common sense conclusion that is backed by research. Useful information.