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Determining nursing staffing levels for stroke beds in Scotland.

Rowat, Anne M; Chalmers, Campbell; Rennie, Dianne


Anne M Rowat

Campbell Chalmers

Dianne Rennie


Background: National guidelines suggest that at the very least there should be one whole time equivalent (WTE) nurse per stroke bed with a skill mix ratio of two registered nurses to one unregistered nurse. The aim of this study was determine nursing staff levels in stroke units in Scotland.
Methods: Questionnaires asking for information on staffing levels and skill mix were sent to 46 stroke units throughout Scotland.
Results: On average there were 1.1 whole time equivalent (WTE) nurses for each stroke bed. Only 3 NHS Boards had a skill mix ratio of registered and unregistered nurses of at least 2:1
Conclusion: These data describe typical nurse staffing levels and skill mix ratio for stroke units in Scotland and will serve as a benchmark for future audits and research studies of stroke unit care

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Scottish Stroke Nurses Forum
Deposit Date Mar 12, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Stroke; nursing levels; skills;
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