Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Purpose & Scope

Purpose:

The guideline was developed to identify and describe:

  • Staffing and workload practices that foster healthy work environments resulting in better outcomes for nurses.
  • System resources that support healthy staffing and workload practices.
  • Organizational cultures, values and resources that support effective staffing and workload practices.
  • Outcomes of effective staffing and workload practices.

Scope:

The guideline addresses:

  • Knowledge, competencies and behaviours that support effective staffing and workload practices.
  • Educational requirements and strategies that support effective staffing and workload practices.
  • Organizational, operational and system policy requirements that support effective staffing and workload practices.
  • Future research opportunities

Target Audience:

This guideline is relevant to:

  • nurses in all sectors, in all roles including clinical nurses, administrators, educators, researchers and those engaged in policy work, as well as nursing students;
  • interdisciplinary team members;
  • administrators at the unit, organizational and system level;
  • policy makers and governments; and
  • professional organizations, employers and labour groups
Healthy Work Environment
Developing and Sustaining Effective Staffing and Workload Practices
Background Information