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Cross-sectional study
Staffing and nurse-perceived quality of care
  1. Pamela B de Cordova
  1. Rutgers School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Professor Pamela B de Cordova, Rutgers School of Nursing, 180 University Avenue, Room 244, Newark, NJ 07102, USA; pam.decordova{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Nursing staff and administrators should be aware of the extensive evidence supporting the association of staffing and work hours on patient safety.

  • Researchers should evaluate existing staffing policy legislations nationally and internationally to determine strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.


For well over a decade, research examining the effect of nurse staffing on quality outcomes has grown extensively worldwide. As a result of these rigorous studies, the association between nurse staffing and patient safety has been established. Researchers are continuing to expand the context of nurse staffing literature by including factors such as the nurse's work environment, educational preparation and work hours in …

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  • Funding This commentary was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (grant number 1 K08 HS024339-01A1).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.