The Relationship between Nursing Leadership and Patient Readmission Rate: A Systematic Review

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-278
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number3
Early online dateFeb 2 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


  • Nurse leadership
  • patient readmission
  • re-hospitalization
  • work environment
  • Leadership
  • Patient Readmission
  • Humans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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