Nursing Shortage And Provision Of Safe Nursing Care

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The nursing shortage and provision of safe nursing care is a significant problem in all countries, and it affects nurses in all practice areas ranging from the bedside nurse to the boardroom. Inadequate nurse staffing levels by experienced Registered Nurses (RNs) is linked to poor health outcomes and higher costs. The reductions in nursing budgets, combined with the challenges presented by a growing nursing shortage has resulted in fewer bedside nurses working longer hours and care for high acuity patients. This situation compromises care and contributes further to the nursing shortage by creating an environment that drives nurses from the bedside. The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015 (H.R. 2083) was introduced by Senator Lois Capps to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide patient protection by establishing safe nurse staffing levels. It proposes a balanced approach to ensure adequate RN staffing. It ascertains that direct care nurses, working closely with managers, are best equipped to determine the staffing level for the patients on their units. Higher patient loads put patients at risk for longer hospital stays, increased infections, avoidable medication errors, falls, injuries and even death. The Act considers RN educational preparation, professional certification and level of clinical experience, the number and capacity of available health care personnel, and the geography of a unit including available technology in relation to patient
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