   # Medical Care A hospital district consists of six hospitals. The district administrators have decided that 48 new nurses should be apportioned based on the number of beds in each of the hospitals. The following table shows the number of beds in each hospital. a. Determine the standard divisor. What is the meaning of the standard divisor in the context of this exercise? b. Use the Hamilton method to determine the number of nurses to be apportioned to each hospital. c. Use the Jefferson method to determine the number of nurses to be apportioned to each hospital. d. How do the apportionment results produced using the Jefferson method compare with the results produced using the Hamilton method? ### Mathematical Excursions (MindTap C...

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Richard N. Aufmann + 3 others
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4th Edition
Richard N. Aufmann + 3 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305965584
Chapter 4.1, Problem 11ES
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## Medical Care A hospital district consists of six hospitals. The district administrators have decided that 48 new nurses should be apportioned based on the number of beds in each of the hospitals. The following table shows the number of beds in each hospital. a. Determine the standard divisor. What is the meaning of the standard divisor in the context of this exercise?b. Use the Hamilton method to determine the number of nurses to be apportioned to each hospital.c. Use the Jefferson method to determine the number of nurses to be apportioned to each hospital.d. How do the apportionment results produced using the Jefferson method compare with the results produced using the Hamilton method?

To determine

(a)

Determine the standard divisor. What is the meaning of the standard divisor in tile context of this exercise?

### Explanation of Solution

Given Information:

Standard divisor

Concept used:

Standard Divisor=Total PopulationNumber of Representatives

Calculation:

Since there is a total 48 new nurses should be apportioned standard divisor is calculated by total number of beds in hospitals divided by total number of new nurses that are to be apportioned, formula for standard divisor is,

Standard Divisor=Total Population

To determine

(b)

Use the Hamilton method to determine the number of nurses to be apportioned to each hospital.

To determine

(c)

Use the Jefferson method to determine the number of nurses to be apportioned to each hospital.

To determine

(d)

How do the apportionment results produced using the Jefferson method compare with the results produced using the Hamilton method?

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