At a time of widespread budget constraints, many healthcare-providing institutions--including public schools--are cutting back on the number of nurses and other healthcare professionals they employ. Although a large body of research has established that inadequate staffing levels result in negative patient outcomes, the link between workplace conditions and the quality of care has yet to make it into many policy discussions.
Far more work is needed in this area, especially in regard to the impact on children's health and wellbeing. The Institute sponsors model pilot projects, discussions and research aimed at improving the quality of patient care in hospital settings and exploring the critical role of school nurses in student outcomes. Thus far, the Institute has conducted two programs in this area, one a pilot project on the impact that improved nurse-management collaboration can have on improved patient care, and the other a study to explore the feasibility of conducting broader studies on the impact of school nurses on students’ health and academic success.