Staffing Levels And Safe Practices

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Staffing Levels and Safe Practices Heidi N. Brandes Gateway Technical College Fundamentals Abstract Nursing staff may be limited, and therefore could reflect poorly on patient care. With nursing staff shortages, client cares are being missed. With patient cares not being completed thoroughly, this can lead to dimmer patient outcomes. Does staffing really play that big of a role in how a patient’s outcome is determined? I will discuss some of the findings in the article and how they correlate to the patient’s response to treatment. I will show that the study suggests that staffing may have a direct result on patient outcomes. I will also discuss how I think that this will help me as I further my career in the nursing field.…show more content…
This can be further explained with hours per patient day as productive hours worked by all nursing staff including RN’s, LPN’s, and NA’s. The work mix refers to the proportion of RN’s, LPN’s, and NA’s working. It also incorporates education and experience into the highest degree completed and how long the participants had been working in their degree field. For absenteeism, it was the how many days an employee missed due to illness, injury, or extra rest. The study was conducted over a five month period but four weeks at a single site. The study showed that the higher the hours per patient day and registered nurse hours per patient day, there was a lower level of missed patient care. It also showed that absenteeism played a role in patient care with higher absenteeism causing more missed patient care. Higher case mixed index values had lower missed patient care. The study is showing that patient care is not being thoroughly completed and that certain parts in the patient care is being missed. Absenteeism had the least effect on patient cares. As I already work in a hospital setting, I can tell how things
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