RN4CAST aims at innovative forecasting methods by quantifying important unmeasured factors (ie. impact of hospital work environment on nurse and patient outcomes). Innovative elements of the project include unique measures of workplace dynamics and patient outcomes. Nurse workforce planning initiatives at national and EU levels will be reviewed and newly collected data added to enhance accuracy for nurse workforce management. The University of Pennsylvania will contribute specialised expertise derived from previous international research. RN4CAST will be the largest nurse workforce study ever conducted in Europe and will generate new approaches to more effective management of nursing resources.
Prof. Walter Sermeus
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Center for Health services & Nursing Research
EC contribution: EUR 2 999 988
Duration: 36 months
Starting date: 01/01/2009
Project web-site: http://www.rn4cast.eu