Staffing: Hot Topic as Usual for NursesMay 31, 2012
Karen Roush, MS, RN, FNP-C, clinical managing editor
Our recent Facebook post on an article on nurse staffing at the NPR Shots blog (“Need a Nurse? You May Have to Wait”) got a lot of responses. Staffing is a hot topic for nurses—from both a personal and a patient care perspective. And I say “hot” because it never fails to raise emotions.
Everyone agrees that adequate nurse staffing is essential for safe, high quality patient care and nursing job satisfaction. Research has shown that it significantly improves patient outcomes.
Yet we—nurses, as well as the larger health care community—continue to debate how to determine what “adequate staffing” is and how to best achieve it. Acuity-of-care measures? Unit-by-unit mandated staffing plans? State-mandated staffing ratios? What do you think?
We’ve published numerous articles and news pieces on this topic in recent years; here are a few examples:
News, reports, and analysis (open access articles)
Feature. Requires subsciption or purchase; abstract only
And here are some blog posts that deal either directly or indirectly with issues related to nurse staffing.