Practice Issues

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:

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