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• Appropriate nurse staffing is critical to the delivery of quality, cost-effective health care.
• All settings should have well-developed staffing guidelines with measurable nurse sensitive outcomes specific to that setting and healthcare consumer
population that are used as evidence to guide daily staffing.
• Registered nurses are full partners working with other healthcare professionals in collaborative, interdisciplinary partnerships.
• Registered nurses, including direct care nurses, must have a substantive and active role in staffing decisions to assure the necessary time with patients to meet care needs and overall nursing responsibilities.
• Staffing needs must be determined based on an analysis of healthcare consumer status (e.g., degree of stability, intensity, and acuity), and the environment in which the care is provided. Other considerations to be included are: professional characteristics, skill set, and mix of the staff, and previous staffing patterns that have been shown to improve outcomes.
• Appropriate nurse staffing should be based on allocating the appropriate number of competent practitioners to a care situation; pursuing quality of care indices; meeting consumer-centered and organizational outcomes; meeting federal and state laws and regulations; and attending to a safe, quality work environment.
• Cost effectiveness is an important consideration in delivery of safe, quality care.
• Reimbursement structure should not influence nurse staffing patterns or the level of care provided.