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Standardizing Methods to Determine Nurse Staffing for Perinatal Units

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RN, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July/August 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 4 - p 280
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0b013e318253f285
ONGOING COLUMN: Perinatal Patient Safety

This model is a first step in standardizing the method for determining nursing hours needed for adequate staffing of perinatal units.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, MO, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.