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Website spotlight: Planning nurse staffing with a patient acuity system

Nurse Leader Insider, August 2, 2010

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How many patients one nurse can care for is a difficult question to answer with certainty. Some days more. Some days less. Any nurse will tell you it all comes down to individual patients and how much care they need.

This is why acuity-based staffing models are so popular. A shift's staffing needs are based on the patients' level of care complexity. Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago implemented a software program—Res-Q from Concerro—to track and predict nurse staffing needs based on acuity. The program allows nurses to assign relative weight to patients that indicate how much care those patients need. For example, whether they require ventilation or have a central line.

Editor's note: To read the rest of this free article, visit "Planning nurse staffing with a patient acuity system"  found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com. 


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