New Research that Illuminates Policy Issues

Issue 3 of the Charting Nursing's Future series looks at balancing nursing costs and quality of care for patients.

This brief is the first issue of Charting Nursing’s Future to focus exclusively on emerging research that informs nursing policy. The research miniseries will present recent findings and policy implications, highlight research needs and opportunities, and offer a larger context for that research. This issue features research that advances a business case for nursing and shows how investments in nursing affect quality of care for patients.

Experts argue that increased nursing time is associated with better patient outcomes and the reduction of expensive interventions, infections, and patient mortality. Investments in nursing improve staff satisfaction, which in turn increases nurse recruitment and retention, two costly areas for hospitals. This line of reasoning is called the business case for nursing’s value.