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NURSE STAFFING RATIOS: financial impact on hospitals

California implemented nurse staffing ratios in 2004.  This article summarizes the findings of a literature review of 10 studies of the impact of the staffing ratios on hospital financial measures.  Labor costs were found to have increased, while some services were reduced.  Overall, a negative financial impact on the hospitals was noted by the author, who is an assistant professor at the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada.

Source: Serratt, T.  California’s nurse-to-patient ratios, part 2: 8 years later, what do we know about hospital level outcomes.  JONA. the Journal of Nursing Administration;43(10):549-553, Oct. 2013.  Click here for more information: http://journals.lww.com/jonajournal/pages/articleviewer.aspx?year=2013&issue=10000&article=00012&type=abstract  Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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