Nurse‐related Clinical Non‐licensed Personnel in US Hospitals and Their Relationship With Nurse Staffing Levels

Authors: Suhui Li, PhD | Patricia Pittman, PhD | Xinxin Han, PhD | Timothy Lowe, PhD

Topics: Nursing, Staffing

Research Center: GW Health Workforce Research Center

January 27, 2017

The use of the minimally trained, low wage clinical non-licensed personnel (CNLP), who perform clinical tasks under the supervision of registered nurses (RNs) or other licensed clinical providers, has been a primary strategy for hospitals both to manage professional shortages and reduce costs.

This article examines the nurse-related clinical non-licensed personnel (CNLP) staffing in US hospitals between 2010 and 2014, in terms of their job categories, staffing trends, and relationship with registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) staffing.

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