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