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  1. Stamp, Kelly D. PhD, ANP-C
  2. Flanagan, Jane PhD, ANP-BC
  3. Gregas, Matt PhD
  4. Shindul-Rothschild, Judith PhD, RNPC


In this study of California, Massachusetts, and New York hospitals, 6 factors predicted 27.6% of readmissions for patients with heart failure (HF). We found that higher admissions per bed, teaching hospitals, and poor nurse-patient communication increased HF readmissions. Conversely, the HF readmissions were lower when nurse staffing was greater, more patients reported receiving discharge information, and among hospitals in California. The implications for nursing practice in the delivery of care to patients with HF are discussed.