BACKGROUND: Nurse leaders play a fundamental role in improving patient quality care delivery, thus improving patient clinical outcomes.
PURPOSE: This systematic review examined the knowledge to date of nursing leadership on reducing patient readmission rates.
METHODS: A literature review was conducted using seven electronic databases: Medline Ovid, PubMed, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) Plus, Emerald, PsycINFO, ABI/INFORM collection, and EBSCO, with the addition of references for relevant papers reviewed.
FINDINGS: The search resulted in a total of 15 articles. Findings revealed that leadership practices of nurses have an impact on reducing patient readmission rates.
CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest a need for further rigorous studies investigating the mechanism of how nursing leadership relates to patient readmission rates and how to translate this into practice across diverse cultures.
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