Impact of Nurse Practitioners on Hip Fracture Length of Stay

Pamela K. Holte, S. Andrew Sems, Kristin Fruth

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In this study we examined 2,497 hip fracture patients at a large level I trauma center in the midwestern United States during the period 2001-2010. In the fall of 2005, the orthopedic trauma teams underwent extensive reorganization. Nurse practitioners were hired and became responsible for coordinating hospital stays and discharge planning. Data from 2001 to 2005 were compared with data from 2006 to 2010. The comparison data included length of stay, days to surgery, mortality (30 days, 90 days, and 1 year), and 2-week readmission rates. Adding nurse practitioners to the orthopedic trauma team decreased the length of stay by 2.2 days without increasing mortality or readmission rates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)946-953
Number of pages8
JournalJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 2015


  • Hip fracture
  • Length of stay
  • Mortality
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Return to hospital

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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