CHA News Article

Study Concludes Increased RN Staffing Has Limited Impact on Adverse Patient Events

A new study concludes that the state’s minimum nurse-to-patient ratio regulations, which went into effect in 2004, have had a limited impact on reducing adverse events in California hospitals. The study, published in the online journal Medical Care Research and Review, finds that growth in RN staffing since the regulations went into effect has been associated with improving only one patient safety outcome and reducing the length of stay for one patient safety outcome. For more information, see an abstract of the study — Using Minimum Nurse Staffing Regulations to Measure the Relationship between Nursing and Hospital Quality of Care.