January 27, 2006

Nursing survey’s impact updated

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Lisa Eason, R.N., right, talks with nurses Julie Anne Gatto Sutton and Linda Rhudy about efforts to attain Magnet Recognition, the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s criteria for excellence.
Photo by Dana Johnson

A recent survey concluding that Vanderbilt University Medical Center nurses are happier at work than nurses at other hospitals has taken on even greater significance.

It turns out that the survey (VUMC Reporter, Dec. 2, 2005) actually reflected responses from more than 144,000 nurses nationwide, nearly twice the number originally reported last fall by the National Database for Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI).

Results showed VUMC nurses ranked above the national average in 16 different areas related to teamwork, individual orientation and quality of care. VUMC nurses also ranked in the top quartile for time spent with patients and ability to provide patient care.