Since staffing has so much to do with facility-specific criteria such as acuity, role of the RD, and other non-patient care responsibilities, it is not easy to formulate one guideline for RD/DTR-to-Patient Ratio that fits all circumstances.
The Clinical Nutrition Management (CNM) Dietetic Practice Group and the Academy Research Committee are partnering in a research study on clinical staffing. The primary goal is the development of an inpatient staffing model for RDs based on the nutrition care process and nutrition specific patient outcomes. Selected descriptive data for patients, facilities, and RD factors will be included in a predictive equation to determine RD staffing levels necessary to achieve the specified nutrition care process measures and nutrition specific patient outcomes. The study is scheduled to begin in 2010.
Clinical Staffing Resources from the Academy
Achieving Excellence: Clinical Staffing for Today and Tomorrow
By Christina K. Biesemeier, MS, RD, FADA (ADA 2004)
This book includes different calculations and worksheets for discerning the acuity/staffing needs for a particular facility.
Dreams Fulfilled: More Money – More Staff
By Lauren M. Hudson, MS, RD, and Karan D. Staten, MS, RD
(Audio session from ADA’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo 2007)
This recorded session identifies strategies for negotiating with administrative staff to increase staff and salaries, in addition to discussing tools to prepare a business proposal to increase staff and salaries.
Clinical Staffing and Productivity Study
The Clinical Nutrition Management Dietetic Practice Group and the Academy Research Committee are partnering in a research study on clinical staffing. Study is available for participation by Academy members.
Articles from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Note: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics online access is free to all Academy members.
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