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  1. Pappas, Sharon Holcombe MSN, RN, CNAA, BC


There is limited financial evidence describing the relationship between nursing staffing and patient care costs. In this analysis, the body of knowledge relating costs to nursing practice is described and critiqued. An improved method of describing costs of patient care is presented, and a comparison of costs using each approach illustrates how the magnitude of cost variation between 2 patients differs based on the approach used.