Identify purposes and decision factors of the nurse-patient assignment process.
Nurse-patient assignments can positively impact patient, nurse, and environmental outcomes.
This was an exploratory study involving interviews with 14 charge nurses from 11 different nursing units in 1 community hospital.
Charge nurses identified 14 purposes and 17 decision factors of the nurse-patient assignment process.
The nurse-patient assignment is a complex process driven by the patient, nurse, and environment. Further study is needed to identify factors linked to patient safety, nurse, and environmental outcomes.
Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Pace University, Pleasantville, New York.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.
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