Consistent assignment of staff to specific patients improves care and reduces staffing turnover

An article in the June issue of Provider magazine discusses consistent assignment of nursing staff and makes the case that such assignments improve quality and reduce staff turnover. The article links building and continued relationships with staff retention and improved care. On the other hand, constantly changing assignments are correlated to turnover and low morale.

Consistent assignments would allow nurses and staff to familiarize themselves with a patient’s progress and make it more likely they could recognize a change or irregularity in the patient’s condition. This could lead to greater and quicker recognition of the onset of illness or depression in nursing home residents.

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