Using Evidence to Staff Units

Posted on September 2, 2013


To organizational psychologists, the decisions hospitals make are often short sighted. When budget cuts are contemplated, nursing is often a target due to its high percentage (around 60%) of operating costs. However, nursing also provides the bulk of patient contact and the mission of any hosptial relates to patient contact.

This study is an amazing review of the influences of case mix and patient turnover on staffing plans. A budgeted staff plan often does not play out well in day-to-day or shift-to shift operations as many nurse managers will attest to. These authors have contributed statistical evidence of the impact of acuity and patient turnover which bedside nurses have long cited as reasons to deviate from budgeted plans.

Please read. It’s an exemplary evidence-based approach to nursing management: weighted staffing plans.

Posted in: NHPPD, Staffing