A Department of Health Task Force Report on nurse staffing has recommended that recruitment be streamlined, to ensure timely recruitment and avoid gaps in nurse staff replacement.

It also says that the nurse/healthcare assistant grade mix be at 80%/20%, once a safe nurse staffing level exists.

It recommends that a patient safety 'tipping point' regarding staffing levels at ward level be determined and monitored locally.

The report calls for ward and organisation-wide monitoring of areas such as patient falls, pressure ulcers, staff and patient experience.

It also says that the Clinical Nurse Manager 2 role should be 100% supervisory, in general, specialist and surgical wards.

The 'Task Force on Staffing and Skill Mix for Nursing' was set up in April 2014 and its final report was published this afternoon.

The General Secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has said the report is no surprise.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime Phil Ni Sheaghdha said that the conclusions of the report need to be implemented and funded.

She said nurses want to provide the best care they possibly can and can only do that when they are working with a full team.

Ms Ni Sheaghdha added that the outcomes of the report are scientifically measured and she called for a fully funded roll out.