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Long-term planning about how to staff a ward
Hospitals need to plan ahead to make sure that they are employing enough registered nurses and healthcare assistants to give patients the nursing care they need.
For long-term planning and setting budgets, hospitals can use lots of daily calculations of how much nursing time is needed on the ward to work out an average. This can help them to budget for how many registered nurses and healthcare assistants they need to employ on the ward.