Because there's no scientific evidence to support specific nurse–patient ratios, and in order to assess the impact of hospital nurse staffing levels on given patient, nurse, and financial outcomes, the author conducted a literature review. The evidence shows that adequate staffing and balanced workloads are central to achieving good outcomes, and the author offers recommendations for ensuring appropriate nurse staffing and for further research.
The author's review of the literature to determine the impact of hospital nurse staffing levels on given patient, nurse, and financial outcomes.
Lynn Unruh is an associate professor in the Department of Health Professions, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. She acknowledges Manisha Agrawal, MBBS, MPH, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University, NJ, for assistance. The author of this article has no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.
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A literature review examines the impact of staffing levels and offers recommendations.