Nurse Patient Ratio

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BROCHURE ON CALIFORNIA STATE MANDATED NURSE PATIENT RATIO. Does mandating Nurse-Patient ratio improve care? Information for nurses and patients.
BY
SHINY EDWARD RN
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
JULY 8, 2012.

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BROCHURE ON CALIFORNIA STATE MANDATED NURSE PATIENT RATIO. Does mandating Nurse-Patient ratio improve care? Information for nurses and patients.
BY
SHINY EDWARD RN
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
JULY 8, 2012.

Explanation of the facts, history, legislative regulations, controversial aspects and opinions
Explanation of the facts, history, legislative regulations, controversial aspects and opinions

MANDATED NURSE
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For more information on minimum staffing ratio: the California workforce initiative survey. Visit the following link stage.chcf.org/~/media/.../PDF/.../PDF%20MinNurseStaffingRatios.pd...

MANDATED NURSE PATIENT RATIO
How does it affect you and your loved ones?
Nurse patient ratio for safe care means when the staffing between the nurses and the patients are safe to provide the care patients need to get well in the hospital or nursing homes.
Why is this important?
Several studies have shown that patients get well faster and safer when they receive more nursing care. Even more importantly according to Linda Aiken study (2003), mortality rates and staffing ratios are closely tied. Each additional patient per RN after four patients, chances of dying in the hospital is increased by 7%.Patient on a surgical unit with patient –RN ratio of 8:1 were 31% more likely to die within 30days than those on surgical units with ratios of 4:1.Studies have shown that more infections like UTI, pneumonia, shock or cardiac arrest increases when patients receive fewer hours of nursing care. Medication errors and unsafe hand washing techniques were found more in increased patient workloads. Unsafe staffing gave more job dissatisfaction, job burnout and more nurses quit or drove nurses away from nursing. This increased mandatory overtime and increased nurse shortage. According to survey of California state
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