Professor of nursing workforce policy, University of Southampton
Professor Jane Ball (RN, PhD) started researching nursing workforce and related policy in 1990, at the Institute for Employment Studies.
She worked with Professor Linda Aiken on the first international study to explore the links between nursing, the practice environment and patient outcomes.
Her recent work on the EU-funded RN4Cast study has helped establish the relationship between nurse staffing levels, care being left undone and patient mortality.
She is co-author of the World Health Organization’s guide to skill-mix and whilst at the RCN as a policy adviser she wrote ‘Guidance on safe nurse staffing levels’.
After three years as deputy director of the National Nursing Research Unit, she moved to the University of Southampton in 2014 where she continues to research how features of nursing employment and deployment are related to quality of care, patient outcomes and organisational effectiveness.
She holds an affiliated research position at Karolinska Institute (Stockholm).