Travel nurses ace the test! A recent clinical study completed by Marcia Faller, Chief Clinical Officer at AMN Healthcare, and her team of researchers focused on how travel nurses’ bedside care measures up to the bedside care of staff nurses.
According to Faller, “The researchers examined the use of travel nurses over a two-year period at a regional hospital in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. Quality indicator data was extracted on a quarterly basis between Oct. 1, 2013, and September 30, 2015, from five hospital units: Adult Critical Care, Medical, Oncology, OrthoNeurology, and Surgical.”
The researchers used two sources to measure the quality of of care they observed. The first was the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey and the second was the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI).
Great news for patients —the results of the study showed that patients cared for by travel nurses received the same level of care as any other (staff) nurse provided!
“The importance of this research is that it examines actual examples of bedside care over a long period of time in diverse nursing units. It adds to a growing body of research showing that contingent nurses provide the same quality of care as staff nurses,” Dr. Faller said.
The Journal of Nursing Administration provides a few other studies that have been conducted in recent years. One of those studies was the National Sample Survey of Registered Nursesfound that overall patient satisfaction was not affected by nurses whose time at the hospital was subject to change., which examined the similarities between temporary and staff nurses. The other study, published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, found that nurses whose time at the hospital was subject to change did not affect their patients’ overall satisfaction.
With nurses in continued high demand, this new study, as well as other ongoing research, confirms that travelers continue to be a great choice for facilities experiencing staffing shortages.
trustaff always knew our travel nurses were top-notch and the research confirms it! We’re proud to represent some of the most talented, highly-skilled professionals in the industry and enthusiastic about helping facilities and patients get the great care they need.