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Safe Staffing

Registered nurses have long acknowledged and continue to emphasize that staffing issues are an ongoing concern, one that influences the safety of both the patient and the nurse. There is a strong relationship between adequate nurse-to-patient ratios and safe patient outcomes. Rising patient acuity and shortened hospital stays have contributed to the challenges. Finding an optimal nurse-to-patient ratio has been a national challenge. Ensuring adequate staffing levels has been shown to:

  • Reduce medical and medication errors
  • Decrease patient complications
  • Decrease mortality
  • Improve patient satisfaction
  • Reduce nurse fatigue
  • Decrease nurse burnout
  • Improve nurse retention and job satisfaction

Health care leaders have an opportunity to create innovative strategies through a collaborative effort and to develop solutions that will build a safer environment for patients and registered nurses. Staffing solutions require leadership support and recognition to assure an appropriate number and skill mix of registered nurses who are able to deliver safe, quality patient care.

Click HERE for more information and resources on nurse staffing or visit ANA’s Safe Staffing web site.



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