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September 2005


This article was peer-reviewed. It was published in Nursing Economic$, 23(5): 253-260, September/October 2005. (Journal homepage: Copyright is retained by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc.


Nurses and adequate nurse staffing are critical to the delivery of safe, cost-effective, and quality patient care in every health care setting.

This has been proven time and again through various research studies and recognized by various accrediting bodies such as JCAHO.

However, the information available on required or optimal ambulatory care nurse staffing is limited and varies across ambulatory care settings.

An overview of instruments for measuring nursing workload in ambulatory care, a critical prerequisite when identifying best nurse staffing models for diverse ambulatory care settings, is provided.

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