Nurse staffing within healthcare organizations is one of the most challenging and complex issues facing management today. Research from the past two decades definitely proves a strong relationship between adequate staffing levels and improved patient outcomes, safety and satisfaction. However, despite all the research that has been done, achieving appropriate staffing levels is still every healthcare administrator’s nightmare.
To that end, every nurse should have a basic understanding of:
- The staffing process and its related terms;
- How their unit or organization performs these functions; and
- How to be actively involved in the solution.
Here are three practical thoughts for your consideration.