Title

Benefits of Acuity-Based Staffing in Hospitals

Presenter Information

Anna EllisFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

Agriculture

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Dr. Marcia Hobbs, DNS, RN

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

Staffing seems to be an ongoing issue in many facilities. By using an acuity based staffing model, nurses will be able to spread the workload easier. Patient outcomes have been shown to improve with acuity based staffing. Patient satisfaction increases and costs decrease, two more positives that are associated with acuity based staffing. In this project, it will be explained how to classify patients based on acuity and assign them to nurses who have the skill set to care for them. Each nurse cannot have more that 20 acuity points per patient load. One nurse may have 6 patients and another nurse may have 4 patients but they will both have the same work load because the patients will be assigned based on acuity.

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Nursing

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Benefits of Acuity-Based Staffing in Hospitals

Staffing seems to be an ongoing issue in many facilities. By using an acuity based staffing model, nurses will be able to spread the workload easier. Patient outcomes have been shown to improve with acuity based staffing. Patient satisfaction increases and costs decrease, two more positives that are associated with acuity based staffing. In this project, it will be explained how to classify patients based on acuity and assign them to nurses who have the skill set to care for them. Each nurse cannot have more that 20 acuity points per patient load. One nurse may have 6 patients and another nurse may have 4 patients but they will both have the same work load because the patients will be assigned based on acuity.