Nurse Staffing

Providing safe quality care in a hospital requires a talented and dedicated staff of providers. A staffing plan reflects the number of staff identified to provide that care. Each staffing plan is tailored to the specific type of care being provided. These staffing plans are based on the American Nurses Association’s Principles for Nurse Staffing, which provides recommendations for staffing based on current research.

Each hospital care unit provides care to different types of patients, and each unit’s workforce includes different types of care givers. This team of care givers includes: registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse educators, nurse managers, assistant nurse managers, nurse aides, and care coordinators. The registered nurse is responsible for making sure the plan of care is carried out for each patient. Support staff members, including secretaries and patient sitters, provide support for work of the licensed staff.

Click on each hospital unit to learn more about the care provided on that unit. (data is from 2012)


Inpatient Registered Nurse Turnover Rate

A lower number is better.

What this means

This measures how frequently nurses leave an organization. It is calculated by dividing the number of registered nurses who leave an organization by the number of available full-time registered nurse positions for the same time period.

Why it’s important

Lower turnover rates reflect more consistent and experienced nursing staff caring for our patients.

Chart Data Source - Fletcher Allen #5