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Safety in more than just numbers

27 November 2014

Nursing Management


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is developing a series of evidence-based guidelines on safe staffing with a focus on nursing and...

Healthcare assistants in the children’s intensive care unit

10 February 2009

Paediatric Nursing


Recruiting and retaining qualified nurses for children’s intensive care units is becoming more difficult because of falling numbers of recruits into the child branch...

Managing reliance on temporary agency staff

01 March 2016

Nursing Management


Amid spiralling agency staff costs, in November 2015 Monitor and the Trust Development Authority placed caps on the hourly rate that NHS trusts can pay agency staff,...

An overview of the challenges facing care homes in the UK

Nursing Older People

evidence & practice

Care homes are an increasingly important part of the UK's healthcare system. Despite their importance, particularly in providing care for older people with complex...

Analysing the implementation and effects of safe staffing policies in acute hospitals

05 May 2020

Nursing Management


Several high-profile inquiries and reports, including the Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, by Sir Robert Francis QC, have...

Managing missing and erroneous data in nurse staffing surveys

30 March 2023

Nurse Researcher

evidence and practice

Background Analysis can be problematic in research when data are missing or erroneous. Various methods are available for managing missing and erroneous data, but...

Implementation of a ward staff self-rostering system: improving morale and retention

20 April 2021

Nursing Management


Staff morale is an important factor in maintaining and improving nurse recruitment and retention. Evidence suggests more flexible working patterns can improve...

How safe staffing can improve emergency nursing: time to cut the Gordian knot

26 November 2019

Emergency Nurse

Professional issues

The phrase ‘cut the Gordian knot’ describes a bold and direct solution to a complicated problem. Nursing presence has been defined as nurses’ ability to pay...

Development of approaches and legislation to optimise nurse staffing levels

24 July 2018

Nursing Standard

Safe staffing

Nurses and the environment in which they work have an important role in patient safety and quality of care. Evidence demonstrates a link between lower nurse staffing...