Nurse staffing and patient, nurse, and financial outcomes

Am J Nurs. 2008 Jan;108(1):62-71; quiz 72. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000305132.33841.92.


Because there's no scientific evidence to support specific nurse-patient ratios, and in order to assess the impact of hospital nurse staffing levels on given patient, nurse, and financial outcomes, the author conducted a literature review. The evidence shows that adequate staffing and balanced workloads are central to achieving good outcomes, and the author offers recommendations for ensuring appropriate nurse staffing and for further research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Hospital Costs*
  • Humans
  • Models, Organizational
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / economics
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling* / economics
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States
  • Workload