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APNA Position Paper: Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units A Call for New Staffing Models - Position Statement Introduction Ensuring proper Registered Nurse (RN) staffing levels on inpatient psychiatric-mental health units is vital given the increasing severity of illness of hospitalized mental health patients and the mounting evidence that nurse staffing levels influence outcomes. Furthermore, nurses maintain 24-hour accountability for all aspects of inpatient care. Abundant evidence exists that the risk for adverse outcomes rises as the ratio of patients to nursing staff increases.



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