Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Is it time to set minimum nurse staffing levels in English hospitals?

Increasing economic pressures on healthcare systems raise concerns about how workforce cuts and reconfigurations may affect quality [1]. Currently there are no centrally set minimum staffing levels for National Health Service organisations; providers are responsible for determining staffing requirements locally. In this Policy+ we look at the impact mandated minimum Registered Nurse (RN) staffing levels have had in other countries and consider current guidelines and recommendations.

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Journal: Policy+, Issue 34 • March 2012

Authors: National Nursing Research Unit

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