Safe Staffing

Safe Staffing in the Emergency Department

Appropriate staffing is essential to the delivery of safe and effective patient care, and it helps to ensure efficient throughput processes in the emergency department. Evidence supports that appropriate staffing leads to better patient outcomes.

Staffing based solely on nurse-to-patient ratios or nursing hours per patient visit may be limited in scope and does not consider the variables that affect the consumption of nursing resources. To identify safe, effective and realistic staffing in emergency departments, the Emergency Nurses Association developed the ENA Guidelines for Emergency Department Nurse Staffing.

In addition, ENA has developed a database of the existing safe staffing laws across the nation.