Lisa Smeds Alenius
How does health care organisation affect the health and safety of patients and nursing staff? (RN4CAST)
The EU-financed project RN4CAST aims to contribute to more innovative forecasting methods by addressing not only volumes, but also the relationships between number and educational level of nursing staff, patient outcomes and staff's psychosocial health.
The Registered Nurse Forecasting (RN4CAST) consortium consist of 12 european countries aswell as China, Botswana, South Africa and USA. PIs are Linda Aiken (US) and Walter Sermeus (BE). In the project we investigate how features of the nursing work environment and nursing staff deployment affect nurse recruitment, retention, and productivity and patients outcomes. Traditional forecasting models for manpower planning in nursing will then be refined with these new elements.
Focus is put on acute care hospitals, which employ the majority of nurses, account for the largest number of medical errors, and comprise the largest share of national health expenditures. In Sweden, this includes a survey of approximately 11 000 RNs in 70 hospitals.
Financing (external funders)
KI National research school of care sciences and EU 7th framework