Download Full Text (885 KB)


Most certainly, nurse-to-patient ratios have a direct impact on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes (NSPOs). Across various healthcare settings, better staffing ratios result in safer patient environment, nurse workplace satisfaction, and improved economic results. The American Nurses Association (ANA) states 89% of nurses reported short-staffing at their facilities. During clinicals at a large urban teaching hospital it was observed that staff members were taking breaks simultaneously.

Publication Date



Higher Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Safe Staffing Ratios: A Quality Improvement Project



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.