Total nursing hours per patient day (Behavioral Health)
At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the nurse workforce includes registered nurses (RN) and patient care technicians (PCT). Together they provide direct patient care. The number of nursing staff can have a positive impact on patient safety and quality of care. Improved patient outcomes have been linked to higher levels of nurse (RN and PCT) staff.
The number of nursing staff caring for patients is determined by the number of patients in the hospital and the nursing care requirements of the patients. Nursing hours per patient day is the total number of nursing staff providing patient care compared to the number of patients. We look at nursing hours per patient day in four clinical areas: medical-surgical, critical care, mother-baby, and behavioral health.
While there are no Illinois or national requirements for specific staffing levels, many hospitals measure “nursing hours per patient day” as a way to monitor and improve quality of care and service.
About This Measure
This measure tracks the total number of direct nursing hours (RN and PCT) in the behavioral health units compared to the number of patients in the behavioral health units. A higher number may indicate that a hospital provides a higher level of patient care.
Note: Comparison data is not available for this measure.