Nurse/Patient Ratios

Saskatchewan has had a positive experience implementing an 80/20 work/development staffing model between Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, the University Health Network (Toronto) and the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. This model provides for nurses spending 80 percent of their salaried time on direct patient care and 20 percent on professional development. This project is an excellent example of a very well-researched topic actually tested on the ground. The results are impressive: reduced sick leave, overtime and turnovers, with improved job satisfaction among nurses. Importantly, positive responses to the project were also found among patients, families, management and other healthcare team members. The project provides an excellent template for the research, implementation, and evaluation of alternative workplace arrangements.

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Cathy Kyle, SUN

Cathy has been a nurse for 31 years. She works at the Regina General Hospital. She has held many educator roles over the years for both patients and nurses. For the last 28 years, she has worked in Critical Care. Her focus in the last 14…

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