What Every Nurse Should Know About Staffing
This course will provide nurses with information on how they can best participate in staffing efforts so patients receive optimal care.
Even in the best-run health care organizations, staffing and scheduling are complex issues. Research from the past two decades supports the importance of adequate registered nurse staffing in achieving good patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. Better RN staffing levels have been shown to reduce patient mortality, enhance outcomes and improve nurse satisfaction. One study found that for each additional patient assigned to a given nurse, the patient has a 7 percent increase in the likelihood of dying within 30 days of admission and a 7 percent increase of failure to rescue.
Despite the abundant research discussing these issues, safe and appropriate nurse staffing remains one of the toughest problems for hospitals to manage. All direct-care RNs should have a basic understanding of staffing processes and related terms, know how their unit and organization perform these functions, and be actively involved in unit staffing. This course will provide nurses with information on how they can best participate in staffing efforts so patients receive optimal care.
Jennifer Mensik, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE
Jennifer Mensik has been an RN for more than 16 years. She obtained her PhD in nursing with a focus on health systems and public administration. Mensik authored a book about staffing as well as journal articles and national presentations on this topic. Her nursing experience includes oversight of hospital and home health staffing as a hospital and home health care administrator.
The presenter of this CNE activity receives royalties from sales of her book, "The Nurse Manager’s Guide to Innovative Staffing." This publication was peer reviewed, and no bias was found. The planners of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial, professional or personal relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.