Facts and Controversies about Nursing Staffing Policies

Issue 5 of the Charting Nursing's Future series looks at existing models, enforcement issues, and research needs.

This brief examines state-mandated nurse staffing ratios as a policy model, including in-depth coverage of California's ratio experience, and explores two other staffing models: patient classification systems and pay-for-performance concepts. It also presents a diversity of views from experts; notes enforcement and research needs; and offers a set of tips for policy-makers considering nurse staffing measures.