APNA Position Statement: Staffing Inpatient Psychiatric Units Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association January/February 2012 18: 16-22.
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Ensuring proper 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. The risk for adverse outcomes rises as the ratio of patients to nursing staff increases. Therefore, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), as the largest professional organization representing psychiatric nurses, convened a work group to make recommendations for determining staffing needs of inpatient psychiatric units that will protect the quality of care and the safety of both patients and staff.