From our readers…Creative staffing solutions for floating and low census

Many hospitals have fluctuations in patient volumes that require staffing adjustments. Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, is no exception — we were struggling with challenges such as decreased employee satisfaction with the current low-census...

AWHONN releases new staffing guidelines

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) recently announced that it has published new perinatal nurse staffing guidelines to reflect the demands of providing care in these settings. Guidelines for Professional Registered...

Take Note – Sept/Oct 2009

Patients lose when nurse staffing is insufficient Heavy workloads and insufficient staffing affect patient care, according to about 2,000 nurses surveyed worldwide by the International Council of Nurses (ICN). Nine in 10 (92%) nurses said...

Let’s really celebrate nursing by making a difference together

It’s the time of year when nurses start to reflect on the birth of the founding mother of our profession, Florence Nightingale. At hospitals and workplaces across the country, celebrations are held and awards...

Seeking staffing solutions

This update explains the state of legislated staffing solutions - state by state.

Safe Staffing: Evidence demonstrated daily

The chief programs officer explains ANA's position on safe staffing.

110th Congress wrap up

The 110th Congress adjourns with a mixed record on healthcare.
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One giant leap

Many of us may be too young to remember the original broadcast of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon, but we all know how significant it was for us—not just as a nation, but...

Caring and advocating for school children

When we think about RN staffing issues, most of us immediately think about these issues in the context of hospitals or long-term care facilities. There is another, less obvious setting that we need to...

Safe staffing saves lives – ANA advances RN Staffing bill

Recent studies have demonstrated what most healthcare consumers already know: nursing care and quality patient care are inextricably linked. Reduced nursing budgets combined with a growing nursing shortage have resulted in fewer nurses working...

Safe staffing saves lives

ANA's "Safe Staffing Saves Lives" campaign fights for safe nurse staffing legislation.
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Joining the fight for safe staffing: Q&A with Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite

Interview by Michelle M. Artz, MA Last November, Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) joined with Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) to introduce H.R. 4138, the RN Safe Staffing Act. H.R. 4138 would require each hospital, in consultation...

Nurses’ crucial role in preventing and documenting conditions not present on admission

Medicare has reduced its reimbursement for hospital-acquired conditions. Will some hospitals try to offset the shortfall by slashing nurse staffing?