Achieving Appropriate Staffing: A Guide for Beginners

Author(s): Kelly Kester

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires Oct 15, 2026

Topics: Staffing

Role: Staff, Manager

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Appropriate staffing is a challenge nurse leaders face, and tools to overcome it are not readily available. Join this advanced beginner session to learn how to calculate the number of nurses you need and how to proactively predict turnover. This is an opportunity for leaders to learn creative solutions to improve their ability to determine hiring needs. We also share strategies to recruit, onboard and orient large numbers of nurses while improving quality of care and staff satisfaction.


  • Describe how appropriate staffing impacts retention, quality of care and the overall work environment.
  • Identify methods to develop a cost-effective proactive hiring model using historical data and effective recruitment strategies.
  • Evaluate methods to successfully duplicate this work across multiple departments and service lines.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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