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Safety implications of different forms of understaffing among nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andel SA, Tedone AM, Shen W, Arvan ML. Safety implications of different forms of understaffing among nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Adv Nurs. 2022;78(1):121-130. doi:10.1111/jan.14952

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July 28, 2021
Andel SA, Tedone AM, Shen W, et al. J Adv Nurs. 2021;78(1):121-130.

During the first weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, 120 nurses were surveyed about nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, skill mix, and near misses in their hospitals. Personnel understaffing led to increased use of workarounds, and expertise understaffing led to increased cognitive failures, both of which shaped near misses. Hospital leaders should recognize both forms of understaffing when making staffing decisions, particularly during times of crisis.

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Andel SA, Tedone AM, Shen W, Arvan ML. Safety implications of different forms of understaffing among nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Adv Nurs. 2022;78(1):121-130. doi:10.1111/jan.14952