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8 steps for making effective nurse-patient assignments

By: Stephanie B. Allen, PhD, RN, NE-BC

Successful assignments require attention to the needs of both nurses and patients.


  • Making nurse-patient assignments is challenging but rewarding. 
  • Nurse-patient assignments are created based on knowledge and understanding of nursing unit environment, nurse qualities, and patient characteristics. 
  • Clinical nurses are vital resources for critical changes in patient status. 
  • Nurse-patient assignments should be frequently reassessed and changed as needed to ensure continuous, safe, quality nursing care.

By Stephanie B. Allen, PhD, RN, NE-BC

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