CEOs are cognizant of staffing levels and are paying close attention to it on a financial side, but in relation to outcomes, maybe not so much, McHugh says
But clearly, nurse staffing has a connection with the quality care, patient satisfaction, and outcomes. And if hospitals and health systems are going to make the transition from volume to value, those metrics are crucially important.
A bill in Congress, (HR 1821), among other requirements, calls for staffing levels to be posted on Hospital Compare. The bill has been referred to committee and who knows if it will ultimately pass? But if it does, "that will not be comfortable for some hospitals," McHugh says, "but it would be helpful for both nurses and the public."
If you're a highly qualified, capable nurse, where would you want to work?