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Evidence-Based Staffing Enhances Patient-Centered Care



A medical center in Florida is using an acuity software system built around patient needs, rather than staff workload or ratios. The system of evidence-based indicators to determine the hours of care has resulted in improved outcomes and morale, a nurse leader says.



2 comments on "Evidence-Based Staffing Enhances Patient-Centered Care"
Lisa Sams (8/5/2011 at 3:48 PM)

Using defined indicators that are based on evidence certainly removes the variability that is seen when staffing is determined by each unit according to perception or inconsistent criteria. The article would have been more helpful if the evidence based indicators were listed and the citations for their support were included. Also knowing the size of the organization, scope of clinical care, and population demographics would help the reader interpret the story.
Katrina Howard (8/4/2011 at 9:38 PM)

Hmmm,I'm confused. Do patient needs not translate into nurses workload? Also, what outcomes were improved and how did you guage staff morale? I think there is more to this story.