Term of Award
Master of Science in Nursing
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)
Camille P. Stern
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
Sara E. Connor
This exploratory study examined the possible impact of an acuity-based patient classification system on staffing levels, staff mix, and cost as compared to a simple ratio system. The site of the study was a nineteen station acute and chronic dialysis unit in a 500-bed tertiary care hospital in the southeast. The unit provided 770 dialysis treatments to 96 patients during the one month study period. Each treatment was classified using the PCS and the ratio method and recommended daily staffing levels were calculated. The mean difference in recommended staffing levels was found to be statistically significant. Cost savings could also be demonstrated using the PCS by adjusting the staff mix from 100% RN to 50% RN/50% LPN.
Hultquist, Debra S., "An Exploratory Study of Predicted Staffing Levels Comparing a Dialysis Patient Classification System and a Ratio System" (1993). Legacy ETDs. 484.