Research Output

Determining nursing staffing levels for stroke beds in Scotland.

  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

  • Date:

    30 November 2006

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Library of Congress:

    RT Nursing

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    610.73 Nursing

Citation

Rowat, A. M., Chalmers, C. & Rennie, D. (2006). Determining nursing staffing levels for stroke beds in Scotland.

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Keywords

Stroke; nursing levels; skills;

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