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Safe Nurse Staffing is More than Numbers and Ratios

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 5 - p 304
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000366
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

Safe staffing is not numbers or ratios, rather the essential nursing care for optimal outcomes. Productivity targets should financially support enough nurses to provide care that is required based on national standards and guidelines. The numbers recommended in the AWHONN (2010) staffing guidelines represent the ability to perform that requisite nursing care.

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at krsimpson@prodigy.net

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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