Thursday, September 15, 2011

Recommendations for Developing Safe Nurse Staffing Models on Inpatient Psychiatric Units Issued by American Psychiatric Nurses Association

This morning, The American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) released a position statement on staffing inpatient psychiatric units that calls for the development of new staffing models to promote the optimal use of psychiatric mental health nurses in hospital settings. The position statement, which includes numerous policy recommendations, also suggested that a committee, which includes direct-care RNs and nursing administrators, should develop, implement, and evaluate a staffing plan that considers the multiple variables that affect staffing needs.

Click here to read the press release, via

Click here to read the position statement (PDF).

Click here to read about a recent INQRI funded study that found higher nurse staffing levels in hospitals can reduce rates of infection, improve outcomes for patients.

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