Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Nurse staffing and patient outcomes in Belgian acute hospitals: Cross-sectional analysis of administrative data

Background: Studies have linked nurse staffing levels (number and skill mix) to several nurse-sensitive patient outcomes. However, evidence from European countries has been limited. Objectives: This study examines the association between nurse staffing levels (i.e. acuity-adjusted Nursing Hours per Patient Day, the proportion of registered nurses with a Bachelor's degree) and 10 different patient outcomes potentially sensitive to nursing care.

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Journal: International Journal of Nursing Studies 46 (2009) 928-939

Authors: Koen Van den Heede, Walter Sermeus, Luwis Diya, Sean P. Clarke, Emmanuel Lesaffre, Arthur Vleugels, Linda H. Aiken

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