Programmatic Theme: Informatics Implementation

Abstract: Nurses’ characteristics and work environments are considered to have an impact on patients’ outcomes, yet significant gaps remain. We examined nurses’ experience and education with the patient's length of stay by linking EHR data from 6172 post-surgical pediatric encounters with corresponding nurse’s HR records. Results found patients with longer LOS were associated with less experienced nursing teams during the immediate post-operative period. Integration of nursing characteristics showed potential in testing novel hypotheses on nurse staffing.

Learning Objective: After participating in this session, the learner should be better able to:

1. Understand the benefits of combining EHR data and HR employee data to test novel hypotheses about nurses assignment and related outcomes.

2. Understand importance of aligning data from multiple disparate systems and analytic strategies with the strategic goals and objectives of the Quadruple Aim.


Ellen Harper, University of Kansas Medical Center
Dammika Walpitage (Presenter)
University of Kansas Medical Center

Amy Garcia, University of Kansas Medical Center
John Welton, University of Colorado, Denver
Russ Waitman, University of Kansas Medical Center
Jennifer Baird, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

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