The other shows what happens when nurses are emotionally spent, loaded up, and weighed down by their work. The implications are clear.
"Based on our finding that the staffing-infection relationship is mediated by job-related burnout, practitioners should work to implement organizational changes known to build job engagement, such as educational interventions, performance feedback, and social support, as strategies to reduce nurse burnout and thereby help control infections in acute care facilities," wrote the authors of the APIC study.
As the authors point out, increasing job engagement in these ways can help reduce burnout, and since burnout is linked with higher infection rates, leaders should have an even greater interest in making sure that their nurses are happy and engaged at work.
Over the past several months, this column has highlighted a number of examples that show ways that nurse leaders can positively influence not only clinical outcomes, but also nursing satisfaction and retention.