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Why it’s not enough to focus on nurse numbers

Without the right skill mix across the healthcare team, it's not safe staffing

Without the right skill mix across the healthcare team, it's not safe staffing

When implementing a safe staffing programme there is a danger in thinking only about the nursing complement without considering other members of the team.

For those who lead clinical services and for the patients in their care, safe staffing involves having a team comprising the right people, in sufficient numbers, with the skills to meet patients’ needs safely.

Some of them will be nurses, others will come from various clinical disciplines and support staff groups – this is safe staffing. It should be considered in all areas, whether hospital, clinic, home or community.

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