Need help with a paper


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Hello everyone,

I need to do a position paper on Nursing Staff Ratios, can anyone point me in the right direction as far as research. I need to prove both pro and con side of the argument.



Tweety, BSN, RN

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Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac. Has 31 years experience.

I recently wrote a short paper on why safe staffing ratios are needed. Here's my reference list for that paper.

Sometimes if you read the reference lists in the articles, they can lead you elsewhere. Good look.

Aiken, A., Clarke, S., Sloane, D., Sochalski, J., Silber, J. (2002, October). Hospital nurse staffing and patient mortality, nurse burnout, and job dissatisfaction. Journal of the American Medical Association, 288(16), 1987-1993.

Florida Nurses Association. (2005). FNA legislative priorities for 2005. Retrieved January 20, 2005, from

Gallagher, R., Kany, K., Rowell, P., & Peterson, M. (1999, April). ANA's nurse staffing principles. Retrieved January 20, 2005, from

Massachusetts Nurses Association. (2004). New England Journal of Medicine Highlights publishes study demonstrating RN staffing levels directly impact patient health and survival. Retrieved January 20, 2005, from

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