Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

RN4CAST Nurse Survey in England

The RN4CAST study aims to develop innovative forecasting methods of future nursing requirements by considering not only volumes, but quality of patient care. England is one of the 15 countries making up the RN4Cast consortium1. The National Nursing Research Unit (NNRU) has led the study in England and also led the development of an agreed protocol for collecting health outcome data across the nations of the consortium and dissemination strategy.

Within the England study, data on nursing and organisational variables have been collected from 31 partner trusts. These data will be analysed alongside secondary data on patient mortality rates (and patient satisfaction) to explore the nature of the relationship between inputs and outcomes. The findings from these analyses will be used to inform the parameters used in nurse workforce planning models.

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Authors: National Nursing Research Unit (Jane Ball, Geoff Pike, Peter Griffiths, Anne Marie Rafferty, Trevor Murrells)

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