Determining nursing staffing levels for stroke beds in Scotland.

Rowat, Anne M, Chalmers, Campbell and Rennie, Dianne (2007) Determining nursing staffing levels for stroke beds in Scotland. In: Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum, 2007.

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Background: National guidelines suggest that at the very least there should be one whole time equivalent (WTE) nurse per stroke bed with a skill mix ratio of two registered nurses to one unregistered nurse. The aim of this study was determine nursing staff levels in stroke units in Scotland.
Methods: Questionnaires asking for information on staffing levels and skill mix were sent to 46 stroke units throughout Scotland.
Results: On average there were 1.1 whole time equivalent (WTE) nurses for each stroke bed. Only 3 NHS Boards had a skill mix ratio of registered and unregistered nurses of at least 2:1
Conclusion: These data describe typical nurse staffing levels and skill mix ratio for stroke units in Scotland and will serve as a benchmark for future audits and research studies of stroke unit care

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stroke; nursing levels; skills;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Health, Life & Social Sciences > School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health > 610.7 Medical education, research & nursing > 610.73 Nursing
Library of Congress Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Item ID: 5075
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2012 14:55
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2012 14:55

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