Strengthening Hospital Nursing

Published In: Health Affairs, v. 21, no. 5, Sep. 2002, p. 123-132

Posted on on September 01, 2002

by Peter Buerhaus, Jack Needleman, Soeren Mattke, Maureen Stewart

Read More

Access further information on this document at Project HOPE: The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

Hospitals, nurses, the media, Congress, and the private sector are increasingly concerned about shortages of registered nurses (RNs) and the impact on safety and quality of patient care. Findings from a growing number of studies provide evidence of a relationship between hospital nurse staffing and adverse outcomes experienced by medical and surgical patients. These findings have policy implications for strengthening the nursing profession, monitoring the quality of hospital care associated with nursing, and improving the relationship between hospitals and the nursing profession.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation External publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.