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The Need for Higher Minimum Staffing Standards in U.S. Nursing Homes

Journal Article
April 1, 2016

This article argues that there is a need for higher nurse staffing standards in nursing homes a claim that is supported by research evidence. The article includes a discussion of barriers to changing staffing standards, concluding with a recommendation for exploration of ways to improve staffing and quality.

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Key Takeaways

Nurse staffing levels (including nurses and nursing assistants) relate to quality of nursing home care.
Despite barriers, the U.S. needs to improve minimum staffing standards.
Researchers should explore payment, regulatory, and political strategies to improve staffing standards.
 
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