The past two years have presented nurses with unprecedented staffing challenges, and adequate staffing is critical to providing safe, high-quality nursing care. In particular, staffing needs in perinatal units are dynamic, consistent with the various types of patients and clinical situations encountered in a perinatal service.
Within this resource, you will find the tools you need to get started with defining and implementing standardized nurse staffing practices by using:
Detailed background and rationale for standard registered nurse-to-patient ratios based on recommendations and publications by professional and regulatory associations and the AWHONN member survey
Updated tables that include registered nurse-to-patient ratios across the spectrum of care for hospitalized pregnant and postpartum patients and their newborns, as well as expanded supportive rationale statements
NEW: Detailed appendices with sample acuity grids, contingency staffing plans, overcapacity trigger grid, and examples of disaster planning