Print version ISSN 1657-5997
TALLIER, Peggy. How Many Nurses are Enough? A pilot Study Measuring Nursing Care Hours per Patient Day and Patient Outcomes. Aquichán [online]. 2007, vol.7, n.1, pp. 37-53. ISSN 1657-5997.
The In this article, the author presents research and findings of correlations between patient outcomes and staffing mix, in particular, the proportion of Registered Nurses and its impact on quality of care. In examining the relationships among nursing quality indicators of care, the investigator focused on the mix of Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and unlicensed staff; the maintenance of skin integrity; and the link between nosocomial urinary tract infections and patient satisfaction for patient outcomes. The results indicate that adequate nurse staffing and appropriate skill mix is an important factor to consider when making critical staffing decisions. The study also demonstrated statistically significant relationships among the proportions of Registered Nurses and nosocomial urinary tract infections and patient satisfaction.
Keywords : Staffing mix; quality of care; impact; care outcomes.