The Characteristics Of Hospital Nursing Staff And Patient Outcomes: A Response To Garland And Glenn (2011)
Response or Comment
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine
We thank the IJNS editor for the opportunity to clarify our position as we did not intend to advance a causal link between NHPPD and patient outcomes. We agree that the What this paper adds statement should read that it provides evidence of an association between implementation of the NHPPD staffing method and a decrease in nurse-sensitive outcomes and improved patient safety, and the first sentence of the conclusions section should read “…was associated with improvement in a number of patient outcomes” rather than “the increases in nurse hours after implementation of the NHPPD staffing method improved a number of patient outcomes”.