Practice Issues

To date, most of the data related to staffing in the inpatient setting have been general, with few addressing oncology unit needs.  Nursing Management: Principles and Practice (Gullatte, 2011) includes two chapters that may be helpful when looking at inpatient nurse staffing.
The American Nurses Association’s (ANA’s) Principles for Nurse Staffing is designed to address safe and sufficient nurse staffing across diverse healthcare settings and specialty areas, establishing criteria for evaluating the compr
There are currently no published standards for nurse-patient ratios in oncology settings. In fact, ONS has decided not to recommend staffing standards because of significant variations among institutions, patient populations, care settings, and individual patient needs. 
Research has demonstrated a correlation between nurse staffing ratios and patient outcomes. In her integrated analysis, Curtin (2003) wrote:
The 2012-2016 ONS Strategic Plan has four pillars: Knowledge, Leadership, Quality and Technology. The goal of the Leadership Pillar states: