Three metaphors and a (mis)quote: Thinking about staffing-outcomes research, health policy and the future of nursing

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Abstract

Conducting research on nurse staffing and outcomes is very challenging, and the application of staffing-outcomes research in practice is both fraught with controversy and vitally important for the safety of our patients and the future of the profession. As I stand back and think about being involved in staffing-outcomes research for nearly a decade and sharing many of my thoughts about this rapidly growing literature in reviews and commentaries in print, certain metaphors for trends in this field come to mind. I won't claim originality for the insights that follow or attempt to thoroughly trace the genealogy of the stories and metaphors here, but offer them to provide what I hope is a fresh perspective to material that I and many of my colleagues have visited and revisited on numerous occasions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009

Keywords

  • Health care quality
  • Health policy
  • Hospitals
  • Nurse staffing
  • Patient outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management

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