# Tips for Calculating Staffing Needs

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## Tips for Calculating Staffing Needs

Instructions:

Review Learning Exercise 17.4 – Calculating Staffing Needs (located in Chapter 17 of the textbook)

Calculate the staffing needs for the day shift and answer the following questions:

1. You have on duty one RN and one LPN working 8 hour shifts and a ward clerk for 4 hours.  Are you understaffed or overstaffed?
1. If you had the same number of patients but the acuity levels were the following, would your staffing needs be the same?
• Two patients in category I acuity level
• Three patients in category II acuity level
• Two patients in category III acuity level
• Zero patients in category IV acuity level

## Expert Partial Solution

 Category 1 Acuity Level Category 2 Acuity Level Category 3 Acuity Level Category 4 Acuity Level NCH/PPD needed for day shift 2.3 2.9 3.4 4.6 NCH/PPD needed for PM shift 2.0 2.3 2.8 3.4 NCH/PPD needed for night shift 0.5 1.0 2.0 2.8

1 patient in category 1

2 patients in category 2

3 patients in category 3

1 patient in category 4

Nursing Care Hours (NCH)

Per Patient Day (PPD)

NCH/PPD = Nursing Hours Worked in 24 hours

Patient Census

Hours worked in 24 hours = NCH/PPD x Patient census

= (2.3×1) + (2.9×2) + (3.4 x 3)...read more

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