The Penn Nursing Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research and Linda Aiken, PhD, RN, FAAN, RN4CAST-US study director and director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, announced the launch of a large RN4CAST-US study to survey RNs and NPs holding active licenses in California, Florida, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The RN4CAST-US project, entitled Panel Study of Effects of Changes in Nursing on Patient Outcomes, will survey more than 250,000 RNs in the four states about patient care and nursing practice to generate evidence about nurses and their impact on patient outcomes.
Our study will examine organizational-level changes over time in nurse inputs in education, staffing, skill mix and work environment between 1999, 2006 and 2015, Aiken said, according to the centers website. The great strength of this project is that in creating a panel of organizational observations, we can see where change has occurred and why.
Aiken received $2.9 million from the National Institute of Nursing Research to conduct the current study on nursing and patient outcomes. Previously, multi-state surveys of U.S. RNs were conducted in 1999 and in 2006. The grant funding will help CHOPR investigators design and implement an efficient, innovative extension of the earlier survey, thus creating a larger study of the impact of change in nursing factors on outcomes, according to the center website. The center also has secured additional funding for the panel study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the Hillman Foundation, and the Boettner Center.
Researchers plan to analyze data from RNs working in more than 600 hospitals and hundreds of nursing homes and home care agencies.
Nurses who are part of the study will receive a paper copy of the survey by U.S. mail, which can be filled out and returned in the prepaid envelope provided. They also can opt to complete the questionnaire online by inputting the access code provided with the paper survey. Nurses also may receive an email with a direct link to the online survey or a recorded phone call from Aiken encouraging participation. Retired nurses or those not working as a nurse are encouraged to complete the survey.
Nurses who complete and return the survey, either online or by mail, will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad Air 2.
For more information go to www.nursing.upenn.edu/CHOPR or email [email protected]