Nurse practitioner coverage is associated with a decrease in length of stay in a pediatric chronic ventilator dependent unit
Courtney M Rowan, Jennifer C Hamilton, Mara E Nitu, Veda L Ackerman, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care, Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States
A Ioana Cristea, Veda L Ackerman, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Pulmonology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States
Nicole M Taylor, Department of Psychology, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46227, United States
Author contributions: Rowan CM and Cristea AI collected the data; Taylor NM conducted the statistical analysis; Rowan CM drafted the first draft of the paper; the entire author group discussed the study design, reviewed the data analysis and critically reviewed and approved the manuscript.
Institutional review board statement: This study was reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board of Indiana University.
Informed consent statement: Patients were not required to give informed consent as the study was retrospective and all clinical patient data was de-identified before data analysis.
Conflict-of-interest statement: We have no conflict of interest or financial relationships to disclose.
Data sharing statement: Data was not shared amongst institutions.
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Correspondence to: Courtney M Rowan, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Critical Care, Indiana University School of Medicine, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Phase 2 Room 4900, Indianapolis, IN 46202, United States. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: January 29, 2016
Peer-review started: January 30, 2016
First decision: March 1, 2016
Revised: March 22, 2016
Accepted: April 7, 2016
Article in press: April 11, 2016
Published online: May 8, 2016