A comparative study found that nurses’ professional judgment is not being utilized during workplace planning. The findings were published in the November 2023 issue of the International Journal of Nursing Studies.
Conducted in England and Wales, the study found that nurses were consulted for operational purposes during staff shortages, but their professional judgment carried less weight when determining staffing levels at a strategic level. The research team determined that this disconnect could lead to lower quality of patient care and increase nurse dissatisfaction, potentially contributing to staff shortages.
The study advises that healthcare systems:
As it currently stands, data is taken into more consideration than professional judgment for workforce planning. The researchers note that empowering nurses is critical to their professional advancement and retention.Read More >>