Friday, July 22, 2011

Former INQRI Grantee Suggests Policy Makers Look to the West

Former INQRI grantee Doug Sloane (University of Pennsylvania) and his colleagues have recently published a new article in Health Affairs which suggests that increasing staffing for registered nurses in hospitals and limiting the number of patients assigned to each nurse will have significant impact on the quality of patient care.

Sloane et al. suggest that California's policy on staffing ratios is one that policy makers should reference when making changes to policy:

"California's state-mandated nurse staffing ratios have been shown to be successful in terms of increasing registered nurse staffing. From a policy perspective, this should be useful information for policy makers considering appropriate nurse staffing policy."

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