Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Nurse Staffing Models, Nursing Hours, and Patient Safety Outcomes

Background Data: Limited research has been conducted examining the effect of nurse staffing models on costs and patient outcomes. Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of different nurse staffing models on costs and the patient outcomes of patient falls, medication errors, wound infections, and urinary tract infections. Methods: A descriptive correlational study was conducted in all of the 19 teaching hospitals in Ontario, Canada. The sample comprised hospitals and adult medical, surgical, and obstetric inpatients within those hospitals.

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Journal: JONA, Volume 34, Number 1, pp 41-45

Authors: Linda McGillis Hall, PhD, RN, Diane Doran, PhD, RN, George H. Pink, PhD

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