Nurse labor data: the collection and interpretation of nurse-to-patient ratios.

Minnick AF, Mion LC
J Nurs Adm. 2009 39 (9): 377-81

PMID: 19745633 · PMCID: PMC2879153 · DOI:10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181b3b656

Nurse labor has been shown to be related to some patient outcomes, but varying definitions and measurement approaches have resulted in conflicting findings about the nature of the relationship. Nurse administrators and researchers need to know rates of missing data and error in labor data to better inform decision making. The authors compare the degree of completeness and the agreement between these approaches (nurse survey and nurse-to-patient ratio staffing plans) to obtain patient-to-nurse ratios at the unit level.

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Attitude of Health Personnel Data Collection Data Interpretation, Statistical Health Care Surveys Humans Nurse Administrators Nursing Administration Research Nursing Assistants Nursing Staff, Hospital Outcome Assessment (Health Care) Personnel Staffing and Scheduling Quality Indicators, Health Care Research Design United States Workload

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