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Professor Elizabeth Robb The Florence Nightingale Foundation & The Safe Staffing Alliance speaks on Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care

Professor Elizabeth Robb Chief Executive The Florence Nightingale Foundation & Member The Safe Staffing Alliance speaks on Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care at todays conference: 

  • the evidence to link Nurse staffing and quality of care
  • why getting staffing right matters
  • what are the consequences for care of getting it wrong
  • what are the right metrics?

Professor Elizabeth Robb full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In her presentation Professor Elizabeth Robb​ states: 

"Nurse staffing  +  education +  work environment  =  lower hospital mortality"

"If you are looking after more than 12 patients then the risk of mortality more than doubles"

"If you deploy your nursing staff well you get better outcomes"

There is evidence that shows nursing input makes a different to patient outcomes 

"Surgical patients in hospitals with better nurse work environments have 13% lower odds on dying"

"Patients in hospitals with better staffing (two fewer patients per nurse) have 11% lower odds on dying"

"Patients in hospitals with better educated nurses (20% more BSNs) have 8% lower odds on dying."

"Surgical patients in hospitals that are better on all three have roughly 30% lower odds on dying."

"Weekend nursing ratios strongly associated with mortality outcomes"

"Professional judgment is your most important tool – but you have to back it up with proven evidence"

"What does it take to make safe staffing happen?

  • Establishment setting/staffing reviews
  • Systematic/consistent using recognised approach/tools
  • Triangulate
  • Reviewed regularly
  • Followed best practice guidelines (staff involvement etc.)"

"What can you do?

  • What’s your role in ensuring staffing levels are safe? Have you got it right in your organisation?
  • What tools are being used to plan staffing to match patient need and workload?
  • Do you know the RN:pt ratios where you work?
  • How do they compare to elsewhere?
  • Are professional guidelines (eg. in to ITU, neonates) followed?
  • Would normative staffing help?
  • How do you know when you've got it right...or wrong?
  • How is quality being measured? Is it being related to differences in staffing?"

Forthcoming events of interest:

Masterclass: Nursing Revalidation
Tuesday 10 February 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Nurses, Midwives and the Law
Thursday 5 March 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London

Effective Ward Manager
Monday 16 March 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London

Nursing Appraisal and Revalidation
Thursday 26 March 2015 
ICO Conference Centre, London

Masterclass: Workforce Planning
Thursday 23 April 2015 
BPP University, Waterloo, London

Implementing The NMC Revised Code of Conduct, Standards and Ethics for Nurses and Midwives
Tuesday 19 May 2015 
Hallam Conference Centre, London


Download: Professor Elizabeth Robb's Presentation

27 January 2015


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