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The Top 10 Children’s Hospitals in the U.S. All Have ‘Very High’ Nurse Staffing

Earlier this week, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best children’s hospitals in the country.

The top 10, all of which ranked first in multiple specialities, had one major quality in common: “very high nurse staffing,” according to the U.S. News site.

For the list, the outlet dove into data from almost 200 medical centers addressing patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing, among other qualities. Researchers also evaluated at each hospitals reputation by surveying more than 11,000 pediatric specialists and asking them where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

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The top 10 hospitals were:

1. Boston Children’s Hospital
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (tie)
3. Texas Children’s Hospital (tie)
5. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
6. Children’s National Medical Center
7. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
8. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
9. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
10. Seattle Children’s Hospital

U.S. News also ranked the top 50 children’s hospitals in the following 10 specialities:

Many of the top-ranked hospitals in each specialty also had “very high” nurse staffing. So this report provides yet another data point that more nurses leads to a safer environment and can actually drive revenue. (U.S. News‘ health reporting reaches 5 million people monthly.)

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Other ways high nurse staffing improves hospitals’ bottoms lines include: reducing the length of patient stay, reducing the number of falls and infections, reducing readmission rates, reducing nurse turnover, minimizing burnout, and reducing nurse shortages.

Last updated on 10/8/19.

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