Innovation in nursing: a benefit/cost analysis.

S. A. Finkler, C. T. Kovner, J. R. Knickman, G. Hendrickson

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This study found that costs of implementing projects aimed at improving nurse recruitment and retention vary substantially. At 37 hospitals the costs ranged from a mean of $1,029 per bed for shared governance to $8,399 per bed for computer projects. For a typical 30-bed unit implementing a non-computer project, an average of 1,800 hours of personnel time was devoted to implementation. In most cases, hospitals found that the projects took more resources than expected to get off the ground. The benefit/cost results indicate that the potential annual savings in hospital operation costs associated with reduced length of stay were approximately $3,015 for each $1,000 of one-shot implementation costs spent per bed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-27
Number of pages10
JournalNursing economic
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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