Mandatory Nurse Patient Ratios And The California Mandated Ratios
• Data shows that lowering the nurse-patient ratio similar to the California mandated ratios will result in lower mortality rates (Aiken et al., 2010).
• When the workload is decreased nurses are more successful in identifying a change in patients’ health status, therefore able to intervene and provide a better outcome for the patient (Aiken et al., 2010).
• Reports of job dissatisfaction and nurses’ burnout decreased when the nurse-patient ratio in other states were equaled to the California mandated ratios (Aiken et al., 2010).
• Research shows that lowering the amount of workload for nurses’ results in fewer mistakes, improved nursing care, a supportive staff, and an overall better working environment (Aiken et al., 2010).
• Lowering the workload for nurses have shown to be effective in the nurse-patient benchmarks by decreasing verbal abuse, complaints from patients and guests, and an increase as far as satisfying the patient (Aiken et al., 2010).
• Nurses in California report that they feel more confident that their patients are adequately prepared for discharge due to the fact that nurses are able to spend more time with their patients (Aiken et al., 2010).
• Nurses’ and managers’ report that the minimum nursing staff legislation has been successful in decreasing their workload, improving the recruitment and retention rate in the nursing staff, and improving the quality of care given to patients (Aiken et al., 2010).