Nurse Patient Ratio Essay

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Nurse-Patient Ratio Imagine you are in a hospital bed dealing with a tremendous amount of pain, and your nurse is not around to give you medication to put you at ease because he or she has five other patients and just has not gotten around to you yet. How does that make you feel? Look into the nurse 's perspective, they are running around for twelve or twenty-four hours because of being understaffed, while constantly checking on patients and also getting interrupted by family members complaints. How do you think the nurse feels? This issue occurs everyday in hospitals all around, and has been an ongoing issue for quite some time. The nurse-patient ratio is too high, giving a minimum amount of nurses to a maximum amount of patients. This makes …show more content…
The staffing of nurses needs to be increased for a decrease in medical and medication errors, reduced fatigue in nurses, and a decrease in patient complications. Medical and medication errors made by nurses are very dangerous. A medical error can be made by a nurse if they get patients mixed up. When getting patients mixed up, nurses will give treatments or medication to the wrong patients. Giving the wrong treatment can be dangerous depending on how big the treatment is. It could be a simple one like putting a cast on the wrong limb, or a huge one like sending a patient in for the wrong surgery. When a doctor prescribes medication to a patient, it is the nurse 's job to give the medication to the patient. If a nurse gives a patient the wrong medication or dosage amount it could be very dangerous. Giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient will not help their problem, and the patient will become very irritable when their pain or problem is not going away. Also, if the patient receives the wrong medication and is allergic to it, the patient will have an allergic reaction …show more content…
When nurses have too many patients, they are constantly moving around the hospital, leaving no time for their personal health. Nurses have so many patients to take care of and paperwork to document, they have no time to sit and relax for a minute or even get a bite to eat. Constantly running around and not eating is very unhealthy for any ones body and leads to what is called nurse burnouts. Nurse burnouts can be related to depression. When nurses are running around constantly, that creates them to become exhausted. And not having any time to eat does not help the anger that builds up over a period of time. When nurses begin to suffer from a nurse burnout they begin hating their job. When nurses begin to hate their job, the job satisfaction rate begins to decline. When nurses begin to hate their job, high-school and college students see the poor job satisfaction rates and change their minds about becoming a nurse. With students changing their minds about becoming a nurse, leaves a low amount of people working in the nursing field. And potentially leads to more nurses suffering from nurse burnouts and more patients with bad or no provided care. The American Nurses Association stated that the issue of staffing of nurses is “one that influences the safety of both the patient and the nurse”(“Nurse Staffing”

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