Nurse Staffing 101

Lauri Lineweaver, CCRN-CSC, RN



This course provides information and tips to assist registered nurses in improving safe hospital staffing.

Purpose/Goal: To provide registered nurses with an overview of various strategies to identify factors that influence safe staffing and analyze the results of various staffing scenarios.


1. Identify factors that influence nurse staffing.
2. Describe methods used to determine staffing.
3. Analyze outcomes of inadequate staffing levels.
4. Identify strategies that help in working towards safe staffing levels.


Lauri Lineweaver began her career as an ADN graduate from on the cardiac critical care unit at Presbyterian Healthcare in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She completed her RN to BSN in 2007 and a Masters in Nursing Education in 2009. She holds national certification in critical care and cardiac surgery. Lauri is currently a second year doctoral student and Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy fellow pursing a PhD in Nursing at the University of New Mexico Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative with a research focus on predictive staffing models, nursing workforce and organizational analysis.
She has published and presented on a wide variety of topics including nursing’s role in healthcare acquired infections, role transitions for graduate nurses, a concept analysis of nursing workload and regulatory implications for academic clinical rotations. She has created a professional nursing model called Patient Care Partnerships and a Nursing Workload Intensity Index, which has been implemented in multiple inpatient nursing units and is being expanded.
Lauri is an active member of the American Nurses Association, nationally and locally, Sigma Theta Tau, Academy Health, and the American Association of Critical Care. She currently serves as the Chair to the Nurse Practice Advisory Council at the NM Board of Nursing and is a Clinical Education Specialist and Clinical Coordinator for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

The author does not have any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Contact Hours: 1

Expiration Date: 7/31/2014

Pharmacology Hours: 0


Member Price: $15.00
Non-Member Price: $30.00

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