Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Do staffing levels predict missed nursing care?

Objective. To examine whether actual nurse staffing predicts missed nursing care, controlling for other unit characteristics. Design. This study utilized a cross-sectional, descriptive design. Setting. Ten hospitals in the Midwestern region of the USA. Participants. Nursing staff members with direct care responsibilities (n ΒΌ 4288) on 110 care units.

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Journal: International Journal for Quality in Health Care 2011; Volume 23, Number 3: pp. 302-308

Authors: Beatrice J. Kalisch, Dana Tschannen and Kyung Hee Lee

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