Nurses and nurse practitioners

Research Findings

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  • Quality Star Ratings: Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, and Home Health Agencies
    Date: 03/2024
    In 2021, 41.6% of rural hospitals lacked an overall quality star rating compared to only 12.0% of urban hospitals. The absence of a star rating may be misinterpreted by patients as an indicator of low-quality care. This Recap examines star ratings among hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies.
  • Rural Nursing Workforce
    Date: 12/2021
    Urban nurses, on average, earn nearly $4,500 more per year than rural nurses. This Recap on the rural nursing workforce explores RN-to-BSN education programs, nurse practitioners as primary care providers, job preparedness and satisfaction, and rural challenges.

Projects on this Topic

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