Jane Ball: Don’t knock ‘obvious’ research on nurse staffing levels and outcomes – use it to push for change
The latest evidence on missed care and outcomes adds to the evidence on the value of registered nursing staff. But the need for ‘enough nurses’ has to be obvious to everyone, says researcher Jane Ball
Decades of research has established beyond doubt that there is an association between registered nurse (RN) staffing levels and mortality rates . We have hypothesised – but not previously tested – that ‘missed care’ may be the reason that low RN staffing is related to patient risk of death in hospital, and that when there are fewer registered nursing staff on duty, necessary care is less likely to be completed in full.
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