“Back to the floor” initiatives, where senior nurses work weekly shifts on wards, appear to have little “tangible” impact on patient experience or care, according to a study by NHS London.
Researchers surveyed patients and held focus groups with 20 staff and interviewed 45 nurses.
They found staff perceived some positive themes from the initiative such as “empowerment, learning together, communication, championing change and matron power”.
But they said “tangible evidence of improvements [for patients] were more difficult to identify”.
- Jones, K, et al. Back to the floor Friday: evaluation of the impact on the patient experience. Journal of Nursing Management (2011) 19: 170-176
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