Nurse Staffing Public Reporting Laws: Effects on Staffing and Patient Safety

The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends that the National Health Care Workforce Commission, with oversight from the Government Accountability Office and the Health Resources and Services Administration, lead a collaborative effort to improve research and the collection and analysis of data on health care workforce requirements. The work should be done in collaboration with state licensing boards, state nursing workforce centers, and the Department of Labor to ensure that the data are timely and publicly accessible. This research project will examine the impact of nurse staffing public reporting laws on staffing levels and patient outcomes in four states: Illinois, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The research team will look at the scope of nurse staffing public reporting laws, the process and context that supported their passage and implementation, the effects of the laws on registered nurse staffing levels, and the effects of the laws on patient mortality, readmissions, and failure-to-rescue. The team is led by Matthew McHugh, PhD, JD, MPH, RN, FAAN. 

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Interprofessional collaboration (R2)
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Health care workforce data (R8)