Just got my newest Nursing Spectrum and in the cover article, they have some statistics about staffing levels nationwide. The stat that caught my eye was the fact that only 43% of hospitals use some kind of acuity system. So more than half of those surveyed (the actual number wasn't given) DON'T use an acuity system to determine staffing. I'm curious as to what acuity systems are in use in hospitals and how they work. For those in hospitals with acuity systems, do you feel the system is effective? If not, why not? And for those whose hospitals don't use any kind of acuity system, how does your facility determine nursing staffing? If it is by a staffing "grid" (or matrix, or whatever term is used), is the grid available for staff to see?
I know I've thrown out quite a few questions to you all. Hope everyone is having a good week! :-)