5-20: a model of minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in Victoria, Australia.
MF Gerdtz, S Nelson
J Nurs Manag | Published : 2007
AIM: This study presents a critique of a new model of minimum nurse-to-patient ratio and considers its utility alongside established Patient Dependency Systems. BACKGROUND: Since 2001 legislation mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios has been enacted throughout large public hospitals in the state of Victoria, Australia. The Victorian model mandates minimum staffing of five nurses to 20 patients in acute medical and surgical wards. In conjunction with this approach, Patient Dependency Systems are employed to anticipate short-term resource needs. KEY ISSUES: Although this legislation has been successful in attracting nurses back into the public sector workforce, no published empirical evid..View full abstract