Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Graduate nurses save more lives

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

The value of graduates in nursing is already well known from previous studies, for example, the RN4CAST study (Sasso et al. 2015).  However, these studies measured the extent to which graduate nurses were present in hospitals and the extent to which patients survive.  There was no direct link between the nurses providing care for specific patients.  Now a study from Qatar by Gkantaras et al. (2016) titled: 'The effect of Nurse GraduaTeness on patient mortality: a cross-sectional survey (the NuGaT study)' has made that link and it supports the view that the higher the proportion of graduates who care for a patient, the more likely the patient is to survive their stay in hospital.

The NuGaT study used patient electronic records where the nurses who cared for patients identifed themselves by a uniqure personal code each time nursing care was provided.  From this code it was possible to identify the nurses and find out whether or not they were a graduates.

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Reference

Gkantaras I, Hafhoud ZR, Foreman B, Thompson DR, Cannaby AM, Deshpanda DH, Watson R, Topping A, Gray R (2016) The effect of Nurse GraduaTeness on patient mortality: a cross-sectional survey (the NuGaT study) Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.111/jan.13059


Sasso L, Bagnasco A, Zanini M, Catania G, Aleo G, Santullo A, Spandorano F, Icardi G, Watson R, Sermeus W (2015) RN4CAST@IT: why is it important for Italy to take part in the RN4CATS project? Journal of Advanced Nursing doi: 10.1111/jan.12709

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