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KEEPING PATIENTS SAFE

Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses

Committee on the Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety

Board on Health Care Services

Ann Page, Editor

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COMMITTEE ON THE WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR NURSES AND PATIENT SAFETY

DONALD M. STEINWACHS (Chair), Professor and Chair of the

Department of Health Policy and Management in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

ADA SUE HINSHAW (Vice Chair), Professor and Dean of the

School of Nursing at the University of Michigan

JOY DURFEE CALKIN, Professor Emeritus of Nursing at the

University of Calgary, Canada, and health care consultant

MARILYN P. CHOW, Vice President for

Patient Care Services in the Program Office of Kaiser Permanente

PAUL D. CLAYTON, Chief Medical Informatics Officer at

Intermountain Health Care,

Professor of Medical Informatics at the

University of Utah, and

Professor Emeritus at

Columbia University

MARY LOU DE LEON SIANTZ, Professor and Associate Dean for

Research at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, D.C.

CHARLENE A. HARRINGTON, Professor of Sociology and Nursing in the

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco

DAVID H. HICKAM, Professor in the

Department of Medicine of the Oregon Health and Science University and a

staff physician at the

Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center

GWENDYLON E. JOHNSON, Staff Nurse in women’s health at

Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

DAVID A. KOBUS, Certified Professional Ergonomist with the

Pacific Science and Engineering Group in San Diego and involved in human performance research and project management for over 19 years

ANDREW M. KRAMER, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research in the

Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado

PAMELA H. MITCHELL, Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Care Systems at the

University of Washington School of Nursing

AUDREY L. NELSON, Director of the

Veterans Health Administration

(VHA) Patient Safety Center of Inquiry, VHA Health Services Research Enhancement Program on Patient Safety Outcomes, and

Associate Director for

Clinical Research at the University of South Florida College of Nursing

EDWARD H. O’NEIL, Professor of Family and Community Medicine and Dental Public Health at the

University of California, San Francisco

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WILLIAM P. PIERSKALLA, Professor in the

Department of Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management in the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles

KARLENE H. ROBERTS, Professor in the

Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, where she researches and consults on organizational behavior and industrial relations as they pertain to safety issues

DENISE M. ROUSSEAU, H. J. Heinz II Professor of Organizational Behavior at

Carnegie Mellon University, jointly in the Heinz School of Public Policy and Management and the Graduate School of Industrial Administration

WILLIAM C. RUPP, President and Chief Executive Officer of

Immanuel St. Joseph’s–Mayo Health System and Vice Chair of the Mayo Health System

Study Staff

ANN E. K. PAGE, Study Director and Senior Program Officer,

Board on Health Care Services

STELLA OPARA, Senior Project Assistant

Health Care Services Board

JANET M. CORRIGAN, Director

ANTHONY BURTON, Administrative Assistant

TERESA REDD, Financial Associate

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Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

DONNA DIERS, Yale University School of Nursing, New Haven, Connecticut

COLLEEN GOODE, University of Colorado Hospital, Denver, Colorado

KERRY KILPATRICK, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina

NANCY LANGSTON, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

ELAINE LARSON, Columbia University, New York, New York

MITCHELL RABKIN, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

JAMES REASON, Disley, Cheshire, United Kingdom

VINOD SAHNEY, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan

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FRANCOIS SAINFORT, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

ROBYN STONE, Institute for the Future of Aging Services, Washington, D.C.

MARY WAKEFIELD, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Grand Forks, North Dakota

Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by ENRIQUETA BOND, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and GAIL L. WARDEN, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan. Appointed by the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Foreword

This report adds to our understanding of how to keep patients safe from the combined effects of the complexities of our technologically driven, compartmentalized, health care system and the fallibility of human health care providers, managers, and leadership within that system. Two prior Institute of Medicine reports—To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System and Crossing the Quality Chasm: A New Health System for the 21st Century—provide strong evidence on how the health care delivery system should be modified to compensate for these two error-conducive attributes. They speak to how the experiences of patients should be changed, how teams of health care workers should interact, how health care organizations can better design work and institute proactive error-reduction strategies, and how policy officials and health care purchasers can reshape health policy to create a safer health care system. The present report builds on these prior studies by examining patient safety from a new perspective—the characteristics of the work environment in which patient care is provided. It does so from the vantage point of the largest component of the health care workforce and a critical element of our health care system—nurses.

When we are hospitalized, in a nursing home, or managing a chronic condition in our own homes—at some of our most vulnerable moments—nurses are the health care providers we are most likely to encounter, spend the greatest amount of time with, and be dependent upon for our recovery. Nursing actions such as ongoing monitoring of patient health status have been shown to be directly related to better patient outcomes. In their other roles, nurses intercept health care errors before they can adversely affect patients. When there are not enough nurses in a hospital to monitor pa-

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tients and provide therapeutic care, hospitals are forced to close beds, restrict admissions, and divert patients in need of emergency services, and patients are placed at risk. Good health care requires a nursing workforce appropriate in size and expertise, and unconstrained in its ability to provide patient care safely.

This report presents guidance on how to design nurses’ work environments to enable them to provide safer patient care. It does so by explaining in detail how health care organizations should implement key recommendations of To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, examining aspects of work environments not addressed in those prior reports, and unifying the evidence from the two prior reports and this report into a strong framework for building work environments that promote the practice of safe nursing care. All health care organizations can follow this framework and the report’s recommendations to construct work environments more conducive to patient safety. Because of the centrality of nursing care in achieving good patient outcomes, patient safety demands that the recommendations in this report be adopted by all health care organizations, labor organizations, nursing schools, governmental agencies, and nurses themselves.

Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D.

President, Institute of Medicine

November 4, 2003

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Preface

Throughout this report, evidence is presented describing the critical role of nurses in the U.S. health care system. Nurses monitor patients’ status, coordinate their care, educate them and their families, and provide essential therapeutic care. This report also documents the many changes that have taken place in health care delivery over the last two decades that have affected the way in which nurses provide this care and keep patients safe from the inevitable health care errors so well documented in an earlier Institute of Medicine (IOM) report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System.

The Committee on the Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety identified plentiful threats to patient safety arising from every level and component of health care delivery, including the work processes, workload, work hours, and workspaces of nursing staff. Fortunately, the committee also identified findings from health services, nursing, organizational, and industrial research, as well as other empirical information on error production and prevention in a variety of industries, that provide clear guidance about how to reduce such threats.

While the committee was not charged to, and did not, address the current nursing shortage in the United States, it was mindful of this situation in developing its recommendations. While nursing shortages in this country tend to be recurrent, federal government analyses show a growing discrepancy between the supply of and demand for registered nurses. This shortage is predicted to worsen in the near future, fueled by a projected 18 percent growth in the U.S. population between 2000 and 2020 and a 65 percent

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growth in the population over age 65, which requires a disproportionately larger share of health care services.

In the face of the current and projected nursing shortage, the committee believes it is even more imperative that nurses’ work and work environments be designed to facilitate the safe delivery of nursing care. If the supply of nurses is to be stretched thin, nurses must be supported by work processes, workspaces, work hours, staffing, and organizational cultures that better defend against the commission of errors and readily detect and mitigate errors when they occur. It may be tempting to think that these recommendations can wait for increases in the supply of nurses, but evidence on how better to retain nurses indicates that the converse is true. Nurses are more likely to stay in health care organizations that implement many of the management, workforce, and work design practices recommended in this report.

It is our hope that this report’s recommended framework, actions, and material presented in two appendixes on safe work hours and interdisciplinary collaboration and team functioning will be useful tools to all health care organizations, labor organizations, policy officials, educators, and nurses who seek to create safer health care delivery. While this study focuses on nurses, predominantly in hospitals and nursing homes, many of the committee’s recommendations are applicable to the work environments of all health care workers. Implementing these recommendations can greatly advance the safety of all individuals receiving health care.

Donald M. Steinwachs, Ph.D.

Ada Sue Hinshaw, Ph.D., R.N.

Chair

Vice Chair

November 4, 2003

November 4, 2003

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Acknowledgments

The Committee on the Work Environment for Nurses and Patient Safety thanks the many individuals who generously contributed their time, knowledge, and expertise to this study. We are especially indebted to the nurses who shared with us patient safety stories that are either excerpted or originally presented in this report. Their forthrightness helps us all see clearly the real-life implications of the issues addressed in this report. Bonnie Jennings, RN, Ph.D., American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute of Medicine, also contributed her strong knowledge of nursing, a literature review, and her writing skills to Chapter 3 of this report. Lieutenant Colonel Rachel Armstrong RN, U.S. Army Nurse Corps, additionally provided much assistance in literature review and analyses for several chapters of the report.

The committee commissioned nine papers to provide background information for its deliberations and to synthesize the evidence on particular issues. We thank Julie Sochalski, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for her paper, “The Nursing Workforce: Profile, Trends, Projections”; Barbara Mark, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing for her paper, “The Work of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nurses Aides in Acute Care Hospitals”; Barbara Bowers, Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing Studies for her paper, “The Work of Nurses and Nurse Aides in Long Term Care Facilities”; Karen Martin of Martin Associates for her paper, “The Work of Nurses and Nursing Assistants in Home Care, Public Health, and Other Community Settings”; Ann Rogers, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for her paper, “Work Hour

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Regulation in Safety-Sensitive Industries”; Gail Ingersoll, Ed.D., and Madeline Schmitt, Ph.D., both of the University of Rochester Medical Center, for their paper, “Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Team Functioning, and Patient Safety”; Ann Hendrich of Ascension Health and Nelson Lee of Rapid Modeling, Inc. for their paper, “Evidence-based Design of Nursing Workspace in Hospitals”; Pascale Carayon, Ph.D., Carla Alvarado, Ph.D., and Ann Hundt, Ph.D., all of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Industrial Engineering, for their paper, “Reducing Workload and Increasing Patient Safety Through Work and Workspace Design”; and Murat Bayiz of the Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, for his paper, “Work and Workload Measurements in Nurse Staffing Models.”

Many individuals and organizations also presented testimony to the committee on aspects of nurses’ work environments that likely affect patient safety and potential improvements. We thank Barbara Blakeney, President of the American Nurses Association; Linda Burnes Boltin, Dr.P.H., of the American Academy of Nursing; Kathleen Long, Ph.D., President of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing; Phil Authier, President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives; Eileen Zungolo, Ed.D., President of the National League for Nursing; Jeanne Surdo, Secretary-Treasurer of United American Nurses; Martha Baker, President of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1991; Katherine Cox, Policy Analyst with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees; Gerry Shea, Assistant to the President for Government Affairs at the AFL-CIO; Jim Bentley, Senior Vice President for Strategic Policy Planning for the American Hospital Association; Steven Chies, Vice Chair of the American Health Care Association; Robin Stone, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Institute for the Future of Aging Services, an affiliate of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging; Tim Flaherty, M.D., of the American Medical Association and National Patient Safety Foundation; Steven Edelstein, J.D., of the Paraprofessional Institute; Donna Lenhoff, Esq., Executive Director of the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform; Dennis O’Leary, President, and Margaret van Amringe, Vice President for External Relations, both of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations; Cathy Rick, Chief Nursing Officer of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Sean Clarke, RN, Ph.D., of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research; Caryl Lee, RN, Program Manager for the National Center for Patient Safety of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Joyce Berger, Senior Advisor at the Health Technology Center; Daved van Stralen, M.D., Medical Director of Totally Kids® Specialty Healthcare, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses; Philip Greiner, past Chair, and Sonda Oppewal, Chair, of the Public Health Nursing Section of the American

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Public Health Association; Laurence Wellikson, Executive Director, and Janet Nagamine of the National Association of Inpatient Physicians; and John Hoff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Disability, Aging, and Long Term Care Policy, and Jennie Harvel and Marvin Feuerberg, both Senior Policy Analysts, all with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We also thank Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., President of the Center for Studying Health System Change, and Cheryl Peterson of the American Nurses Association.

At the Institute of Medicine, we would especially like to thank Bill McLeod, Adrienne Davis, Roberta Gooding, and all the staff of the George E. Brown Jr. Library for their patience and expert assistance in voluminous reference retrieval and formatting. Gooloo Wunderlich and Karen Adams of the Board on Health Care Services offered their wisdom and guidance throughout multiple stages of this study. Tony Burton was ever ready with his expert logistical support and problem-solving abilities, and Sue Barron ensured that this study complied with all Institute of Medicine study procedures. Bronwyn Schrecker at the Institute of Medicine and Jennifer Pinkerman at the National Research Council facilitated the external review process with great efficiency and attention to detail. We are very grateful to them all.

Rona Briere of Briere Associates, Inc. provided expert editorial assistance and Alisa Decatur excellent proofreading and manuscript preparation assistance.

Finally, we thank the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, whose funding made this study possible. We especially thank Helen Burstin, M.D., Director of the Center for Primary Care Research, and Sally Phillips, RN, Ph.D., Nurse Scholar within that center, for their very valuable insights and assistance.

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NURSES CARING FOR PATIENTS: WHO THEY ARE, WHERE THEY WORK, AND WHAT THEY DO

 

65

   

 Who Is Doing the Work of Nursing?,

 

65

   

 Where Nurses Work,

 

76

   

 What Nurses Do,

 

89

   

 References,

 

101

4

 

TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND EVIDENCE-BASED MANAGEMENT

 

108

   

 Transformational Leadership: The Essential Precursor,

 

109

   

 Five Essential Management Practices,

 

112

   

 Uneven Application of Evidence-Based Management Practices in Nurses’ Work Environments,

 

131

   

 Models of Evidence-Based Management in Nurses’ Work Environments,

 

147

   

 Use of Evidence-Based Management Collaboratives to Stimulate Further Uptake,

 

153

   

 References,

 

156

5

 

MAXIMIZING WORKFORCE CAPABILITY

 

162

   

 Promoting Safe Staffing Levels,

 

163

   

 Supporting Knowledge and Skill Acquisition and Clinical Decision Making,

 

201

   

 Fostering Interdisciplinary Collaboration,

 

212

   

 References,

 

218

6

 

WORK AND WORKSPACE DESIGN TO PREVENT AND MITIGATE ERRORS

 

226

   

 Design of Work Hours,

 

227

   

 Design of Work Processes and Workspaces,

 

239

   

 References,

 

277

7

 

CREATING AND SUSTAINING A CULTURE OF SAFETY

 

286

   

 Essential Elements of an Effective Safety Culture,

 

287

   

 Need for a Long-Term Commitment to Create a Culture of Safety,

 

295

   

 Barriers to Effective Safety Cultures from Nursing and External Sources,

 

299

   

 Progress in Creating Cultures of Safety,

 

303

   

 Need for All HCOs to Measure Their Progress in Creating Cultures of Safety,

 

307

   

 Recommendations,

 

309

   

 References,

 

310

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Tables, Figures, and Boxes

TABLES

3-1

 

Primary Employment Settings of RNs Employed in Nursing, 2000,

 

77

3-2

 

Employment Settings of NAs, 1999,

 

77

3-3

 

Types of Work Units in Which Hospital-Employed RNs Spend More Than Half of Their Direct Patient Care Time,

 

78

5-1

 

Variations in Nurse-to-Patient Ratios in Pennsylvania Hospitals, 1999,

 

173

5-2

 

Types of Work Units in Which Hospital-Employed RNs Spend More Than Half of Their Direct Patient Care Time,

 

173

5-3

 

Nurse Staffing Estimates Derived from Staffing Studies,

 

175

5-4

 

Average Number of Patients per RN, by Shift and Rural/Nonrural Location, in California,

 

177

5-5

 

Quartiles of Staffing Data in Medical–Surgical Units, in California,

 

177

5-6

 

California Hospital Nurse-to-Patient Ratios: Means, Medians, and Quartiles (1998–1999),

 

178

5-7

 

Types and Average Length of Orientation Programs for Newly Licensed RNs,

 

204

6-1

 

Seven Categories of Waste as Applied to the Hospital Environment,

 

259

6-2

 

Workspace Design Elements for General Patient Care Rooms Based on LEAN Principles,

 

270

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C-1

 

A Comparison of Work Hour Limitations in Selected Safety-Sensitive Industries,

 

418

FIGURES

ES-1

 

Sources of threats to patient safety in the work environment and corresponding safety defenses,

 

19

2-1

 

The basic elements of production,

 

58

2-2

 

Human contributions to error within each production component,

 

59

2-3

 

Basic work production components of all organizations and corresponding patient safety defenses,

 

60

5-1

 

Total nurse staffing hours per resident in all U.S. nursing facilities, 1993–2001,

 

179

6-1

 

Scheduled and actual shift durations,

 

235

7-1

 

A Decision Tree for determining the culpability of unsafe acts,

 

304

BOXES

ES-1

 

Necessary Patient Safeguards in the Work Environment of Nurses,

 

16

1-1

 

Patient Monitoring in an Intensive Care Unit: An Example,

 

33

3-1

 

The Benefits of RN Surveillance: A Case Example,

 

92

3-2

 

Time Required for Emotional Support: A Case Example,

 

98

4-1

 

The Toyota Production System,

 

126

7-1

 

Litigation and Regulatory Barriers to Effective Safety Cultures: Two Case Examples,

 

302

8-1

 

Necessary Patient Safeguards in the Work Environment of Nurses,

 

314

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Building on the revolutionary Institute of Medicine reports To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, Keeping Patients Safe lays out guidelines for improving patient safety by changing nurses’ working conditions and demands.

Licensed nurses and unlicensed nursing assistants are critical participants in our national effort to protect patients from health care errors. The nature of the activities nurses typically perform – monitoring patients, educating home caretakers, performing treatments, and rescuing patients who are in crisis – provides an indispensable resource in detecting and remedying error-producing defects in the U.S. health care system.

During the past two decades, substantial changes have been made in the organization and delivery of health care – and consequently in the job description and work environment of nurses. As patients are increasingly cared for as outpatients, nurses in hospitals and nursing homes deal with greater severity of illness. Problems in management practices, employee deployment, work and workspace design, and the basic safety culture of health care organizations place patients at further risk.

This newest edition in the groundbreaking Institute of Medicine Quality Chasm series discusses the key aspects of the work environment for nurses and reviews the potential improvements in working conditions that are likely to have an impact on patient safety.

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