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REPUDIATING MANAGEMENT'S SKELETAL STAFFING PROPOSALS WITH IRREFUTABLE EVIDENCE: WHAT
DIRECT PATIENT CARE WORKERS NEED TO KNOW AND DO TO GARNER THEIR POWER

Learning Outcome(s): Nurses and other direct care workers will analyze and utilize documentary evidence to create nursing specialty specific acuity tools and to substantiate proposals regarding adequate clinical staffing in accordance with standards of practice in nursing.

Objectives:
  • Restate concepts of data gathering as it relates to the new staffing law.
  • Identify the documentary data needed to create a nursing specialty specific patient acuity tool. 
  • Describe how data is used to advocate for direct care worker to patient ratios and to substantiate a claim that the employer must provide needed and necessary resources and working environment for the delivery of quality patient care.
  • Create a Patient Acuity Tool applicable to Your Specialty Care Unit. Calculate the maximum acuity numerical value any one direct care worker should be assigned to on any given shift.