Interim Report and Recommendations by the Taskforce on Staffing and Skill Mix for Nursing on a Framework for Safe Nurse Staffing and Skill Mix in General and Specialist Medical and Surgical Care Settings in Adult Hospitals in Ireland February 2016
Minister Varadkar was joined by the Chief Nursing Officer Dr Siobhan O’Halloran and nursing union leaders to launch the first national Framework for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in general and specialist medical and surgical care settings in acute hospitals. This is the first policy paper published by the Office of the Chief Nursing Officer. The Framework sets out an evidence based approach aimed at stabilising the nursing resource, delivering positive benefits for patients, and making hospitals a healthier and more attractive work environment for staff. The next step in this work, is to pilot test the Framework. This €2 million pilot project will be carried out in three hospitals ranging in size from small-scale to large-scale and will test the capability of the Framework components to deliver on their intended outcomes.