Report Summary

Title: Combined Assessment Program Summary Report – Evaluation of Nurse Staffing in Veterans Health Administration Facilities
Report Number: 13-01744-187
Issue Date: 4/30/2013
City/State:
VA Office: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
Report Author: Office of Healthcare Inspections
Report Type: CAP Reviews
Release Type: Unrestricted
Summary: OIG completed an evaluation of nurse staffing in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities. The purpose of the evaluation was to determine the extent to which VHA facilities implemented the staffing methodology for nursing personnel and to evaluate nurse staffing on one selected acute care unit. OIG conducted this review at 27 facilities during Combined Assessment Program reviews performed from
April 1 through September 30, 2012, and identified two areas where VHA facilities needed to improve compliance. OIG recommended that all facilities (1) fully implement the staffing methodology and complete all required steps and (2) improve processes to use the available data to manage and provide safe, cost-effective staffing.