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  1. Fasoli, DiJon R. PhD, RN
  2. Fincke, Benjamin G. MD
  3. Haddock, Kathlyn Sue PhD, RN


The Department of Veterans Affairs developed a nationally standardized nurse staffing methodology, using an evidence-based process. We present an overview, linking an integrative review of recent literature on patient classification systems, interdisciplinary expert panel consultation, operational feasibility assessment, and frontline manager involvement. This resulted in 7 candidate indicators for inclusion in unit-specific staffing models. Adaptable to all healthcare settings, this process goes beyond traditional patient classification systems.