Carolina Herrera

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In 1999, California became the first state to pass legislation mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios. Regulations detailing specific ratios by type of hospital unit were released in 2002, with phased-in implementation beginning in 2004 and completed in 2008. These ratios were implemented at a time of severe registered nurse (RN) shortage in the state(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of hospital RN residencies and the associated factors. BACKGROUND The 2010 Institute of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends the adoption of nurse residency programs. METHODS Members of the American(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to assess the implementation of recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. BACKGROUND In 2010, the IOM made a series of recommendations aimed at transforming the role of nurses in healthcare delivery. METHODS We conducted a multiyear(More)
AIM To examine whether there were improvements in the satisfaction of hospital-employed registered nurses (RNs) in the mid-2000s. BACKGROUND In recent years, many hospitals have made efforts to improve workplace characteristics, in order to improve nurse satisfaction and retention. There has also been legislative activity to regulate workplace practices(More)
More than 8% of employed RNs licensed since 2004 in the United States were educated overseas, yet little is known about the conditions of their recruitment or the impact of that experience on health care practice. This study assessed whether the labor rights of foreign-educated nurses were at risk during the latest period of high international recruitment:(More)
BACKGROUND Obstetric procedures are among the most expensive health care services, yet relatively little is known about health care spending among pregnant women, particularly the commercially-insured. OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to examine the association between maternal medical complexity, as a result of having one or more comorbid(More)
OBJECTIVES Evidence suggests that, despite routine engagement with the health system, pregnant women commonly seek emergency care. The objectives of this study were to examine the association between maternal comorbidities and emergency department (ED) use among a national sample of commercially insured pregnant women. METHODS We conducted a retrospective(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES We estimate the impact of unionisation on the wage structure of hospital-employed registered nurses in the USA. We examine whether unions have an effect on wage differences associated with race, gender, immigration status, education and experience, as well as whether there is less unexplained wage variation among unionised nurses. (More)
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