Research shows that nurses want to provide more input on assessing patient acuity, changes in patient needs and staffing requirements. Nurse autonomy and participation in decision-making are key factors in contributing to a healthy workplace and to nurse retention and recruitment.
When healthy workplaces thrive, nurses who work there want to stay and are unlikely to seek early retirement. New nurses are drawn to these workplaces and stay because of the positive nursing experience.
Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS), the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care developed a project that complemented a series of Ontario government studies and initiatives. The project involved the enhanced development and application of a “Nursing Dashboard,” a single source of nursing, patient and organizational information for data-driven decisions about the appropriate staffing for nursing care. Original work on the tool had begun in 2007 and 2008 as one of several pilot project funded by the Nursing Secretariat.