Nursing staffing, nursing workload, the work environment and patient outcomes

Appl Nurs Res. 2011 Nov;24(4):244-55. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2009.12.004. Epub 2010 Feb 10.


Nurse staffing (fewer RNs), increased workload, and unstable nursing unit environments were linked to negative patient outcomes including falls and medication errors on medical/surgical units in a mixed method study combining longitudinal data (5 years) and primary data collection.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • New South Wales
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling*
  • Workload*