Nurse Staffing 101: A Decision-making Guide for the RN
A resource for RNs in developing effective and facility-specific approaches to optimal staffing decisions and plans.
Nurses are often required to work long hours and night shifts. Increased workloads often lead to job-related burnout, job dissatisfaction, and increased risk for patient safety. As a nurse manager or charge nurse you are challenged with achieving appropriate levels of nurse staffing to achieve quality outcomes.
ANA’s new Nurse Staffing 101: A Decision-making Guide for the RN contains tools to help you develop effective and facility-specific approaches to optimal staffing decisions and plans. It covers the essential topics:
- Historical and political setting of safe staffing
- Workplace, safety, and quality considerations
- Examples of professional nursing practice models
- Staffing at the organizational level in terms of workload variances
- Current practices and possible solutions for determining and achieving the requisite staffing levels and measureable quality outcomes
As an added bonus, the guide contains a handy summary checklist, based on ANA’s Principles for Nurse Staffing (2012) to assist with the decision making process.
About This Book
Director of Clinical Practice, Innovation, and Research
Lauri Lineweaver, BSN, RN, is the Director of Clinical Practice, Innovation, and Research at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico, and holds national certification in critical care and cardiac surgery. She is currently a nursing PhD candidate and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow at the University of New Mexico Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative. Her research focuses primarily on predictive staffing models, nursing workforce issues, and organizational analysis.
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