Development of the Hospital Nurse Surveillance Capacity Profile

TitleDevelopment of the Hospital Nurse Surveillance Capacity Profile
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKutney-Lee, Ann M., Eileen T. Lake, and Linda H. Aiken
JournalResearch in Nursing & Health
ISBN Number1098-240X
Accession NumberPMID: 19161172
AbstractBetter patient outcomes are often achieved through effective surveillance, a primary function of nurses. The purpose of this article is to define, operationalize, measure, and evaluate the nurse surveillance capacity of hospitals. Nurse surveillance capacity is defined as the organizational features that enhance or weaken nurse surveillance. It includes a set of registered nurse (staffing, education, expertise, experience) and nurse practice environment characteristics. Empirical referents were extracted from existing survey data from 9,232 nurses in 174 hospitals. Using a ranking methodology, a Hospital Nurse Surveillance Capacity Profile was created for each hospital. Greater nurse surveillance capacity was significantly associated with better quality of care and fewer adverse events. The profile may assist administrators to improve nurse surveillance and patient outcomes.