Nurses Should Be Advocates For Patients

852 Words Jun 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Nurses are in the hospitals to help patients heal. Depending on how much help they have, it can determine the quality of care patients get from them. Nurses should be advocates for their patients and stand up when they need to give the care patients deserve. This paper will discuss the hospital setting, improvement issue, stakeholders and theory of nurse patient ratio.
Hospital Setting
This improvement project will be in a hospital setting. Hospitals have many clients come in and out and the nurses have a lot of clients to take care of. The amount of days allowed for hospital stay has changed from 7.5 days to 4.9 over the years (Martin, 2015, pg. 5). This also added on the amount of patients nurses had to care for. A study found on nurse patient ratios about Chinese hospitals can help one to understand the outcomes of what happens if there is not enough nurses to care for patients. This study included patients and nursing staff. There were a total of 7,802 nurses surveyed and 5,430 clients surveyed from medical surgical units (Zhu, You, Zheng, Liu, Fang, Hou, & Zhang, 2012, pg. 278). Day shift average number of patients per nurse was 6.43 and the average number of patient per nurse on night shift was 18 (Zhu, et al., 2012, pg. 268).
Improvement Issue
The nursing issue that needs improving is the nurse patient ratio. There are too many patients and not enough nurses to care for them. When this happens it can lead to many errors. According to According to Martin (2015),…
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