Links between nurse staffing and outcomes in ICU

Prof. Ruth Endacott

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Lecture overview

The evidence on which we base decisions about nurse staffing in critical care units is sometimes not clear. The use of ratios (for example, nurse to patient ratio) is based on the assumption that patients with more organs failing require greater nursing resources. In the current climate, with increased demand on all health services, it is important to understand what impact any change in critical care nurse staffing might have on patients, family members, nurses and the health service. 

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Understand different methods used to calculate nurse staffing in critical care units. 
  2. Identify outcomes measured in studies evaluating ICU nurse staffing. 
  3. Appreciate the limitations of some study approaches to the measuring of outcomes. 

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Hour, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Live webinar time:
Chicago - Wed 1st April 2020 at 7am
London - Wed 1st April 2020 at 1pm
Sydney - Wed 1st April 2020 at 11pm

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Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Prof. Ruth Endacott

Professor Ruth Endacott is a registered nurse with a strong background in critical care practice, education and research. She has extensive experience in developing the research skills of clinicians across a range of methodologies. Prof. Endacott has received a number of research grants, which have focussed on patient safety and quality care, in particular recognising deterioration and managing end-of-life care in Intensive Care Units. 

Prof. Endacott has experience in international studies and is currently leading a pan-Europe project on competency-based education for critical care nurses. She has supervised 15 doctoral students and examined over 30 doctoral theses as an external examinator. 

Prof. Endacott is currently a Professor of Clinical Nursing at Plymouth University, UK and an external examinator for the MSc/DPhil programme in Evidenced Based Health Care at the university of Oxford, UK. She is affiliated with the Royal College of Nursing, UK Intensive Care Society, and European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, and serves on the board of the UK National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death.


CME Faculty Disclosure: It is the policy of EB Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. In compliance with all ACCME Essentials, Standards, and Guidelines, all faculty for this CME activity were asked to complete a full disclosure statement. The speaker did not report any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.