Costs of staffing for compassionate care

Nicky Hayes is Consultant Nurse for Older People, King’s College Hospital London, formerly RCN Older People’s Advisor 2011-12, author of Safe Staffing for Older People’s WardsNursingStaff

Nursing staffing issues, especially for hospital wards where older people are cared for, are complex and contentious and have not gone away since the RCN published Safe Staffing for Older People’s Wards and Improving Hospital Care for Older People – A Call for Action. These publications were the first to identify actual staffing levels specific to older people’s wards and to correlate these with nurses’ reports of whether satisfactory, safe care could be delivered during their most recently worked shift. Continue reading