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California’s Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, Part 1: 8 Years Later, What Do We Know About Nurse-Level Outcome?

Serratt, Teresa PhD, RN

Journal of Nursing Administration: September 2013 - Volume 43 - Issue 9 - p 475–480
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3182a23d6f

California’s nurse-to-patient ratios have been in place since 2004. The author reviews outcomes at the nurse level from a comprehensive literature review. Data suggest that increased levels of nurse staffing have resulted in greater job satisfaction.

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Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Orvis School of Nursing, University of Nevada, Reno.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Serratt, University of Nevada, Reno, 1664 N Virginia St, Reno, NV 89557-0134 (

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