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Nursing Home Staffing Standards and Staffing Levels in Six Countries
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2012 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Scholarship, ISSN 1527-6546, E-ISSN 1547-5069, Vol. 44, no 1, 88-98 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: This study was designed to collect and compare nurse staffing standards and staffing levels in six counties: the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Norway, and Sweden. Design: The study used descriptive information on staffing regulations and policies as well as actual staffing levels for registered nurses, licensed nurses, and nursing assistants across states, provinces, regions, and countries. Methods: Data were collected from Internet searches of staffing regulations and policies along with statistical data on actual staffing from reports and documents. Staffing data were converted to hours per resident day to facilitate comparisons across countries. Findings: We found wide variations in both nurse staffing standards and actual staffing levels within and across countries, although comparisons were difficult to make due to differences in measuring staffing, the vagueness of standards, and limited availability of actual staffing data. Both the standards and levels in most countries ( except Norway and Sweden) were lower than the recommended levels by experts. Conclusions: Our findings demonstrate the need for further attention to nurse staffing standards and levels in order to assure the quality of nursing home care.

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2012. Vol. 44, no 1, 88-98 p.
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Nurse staffing, quality, international, nursing homes
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Social Work Nursing
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-76996DOI: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2011.01430.xISI: 000300698500012OAI: diva2:529071
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