Nurse Patient Ratio

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Clinical question
The clinical question for my article was based on quantitative search, nurse to patient ratios must increase to improve safety and the clinical question that is identified in the quantitative research article is how to increase nurses to patient ratio in order to improve patient safety and quality of life especially in older adult patients.
Description of the Problem
The problem description in this article identified is that when there are too many patients assigned to a nurse there will not be an effective and well done job by the nurses and the patient will not be save. According to (Christian Duffin (2012). The Safe Staffing for Older People’s Wards report argues that if a nurse is overseeing more than seven patients, care
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The report used was based on RCN analyses, investigations and surveys, as well as advice from focus groups, a panel of expert nurses from across the UK, and British geriatrics society`s nurse’s consultants group and also the staffing levels, including the association of UK University hospitals acuity/dependency tool and professional judgement was also used (Duffin 2012). Daniel Allen (2013) use a method that shows that there are compulsory staffing ratios which are being implemented in many countries, and the supporters of this issue mainly insist that these ratios are basically very important to make sure regarding the safe care of patients. These ratios have been implemented successfully in Australia and United States, however these ratios are a bit complex and are more likely to face the United Kingdom’s political…show more content…
The mandatory ratios of staff were introduced in Australia in 2001, in the state of Victoria. There should be 1 registered nurse and 1 nurse in charge for 4 patients in the surgical/medical wards as stated by the mandate. The implementation of an appropriate nurse to patient ratio became a law in 1999 in United States (California) and in 2000, most of the provisions came into effect, but the final ratios were not properly implemented until the year of 2004 (Allen, 2013).
Answer to “Purpose” question
For the both article, answer to the purpose question is that when there is increase in the number of nurse staff, this will lead to higher staffing levels, reduced workload, fewer patient deaths, less burnout, higher satisfaction and retention, reduced sick leave, increase time for patient care and fewer patient readmission.
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