The Importance Of Nurse To Patient Ratios

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Introduction Nurse-to-patient ratios has been an issue in most hospitals these days especially after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 which has made hospitals to try and reduce costs but improve the care of the patients. When employers fail to identify the need for nurses and patient outcomes, then rules and regulations apply. According to Federal regulation, “which requires hospitals certified to participate in Medicare to have adequate numbers of licensed registered nurses, licensed practical (vocational) nurses, and other personnel to provide nursing care to all patients as needed" (ANA, 2015, p.3).So in this paper, we will look at how managers and leaders deal with this issue in accordance to their skills …show more content…
As nurse managers, nurse staffing ratios are part of the tools to be provided. The manager is accountable for poor performance. So to ensure the job well done by nurses, nursing staffing ratios is part of it. Kaiser Health News (2013) explains that in a 2004 survey, it was clear that "hospitals with low nurse-to-patient ratios fare worse than those at hospitals with higher ratios" (p.8).So the managers have the task to convince their organization to improve on nurse-patient ratio for it will impact their quality performance improvement and patient satisfaction as a result the federal government will not fund them if they participate in Medicare/Medicaid programs. As the manager is always task oriented, their task on this issue should be a priority because they will be deemed as a failure in their performance. Looking for ways to improve on this issue, contracting agency nurses or hire more nursing assistants to help out on the floors will be one of the best ways if the organization does not want to hire more …show more content…
The leader can be found within the organisation with or without any position but the manager is always appointed to a position within the organization. As stated in the GCU lecture notes (2011), “Leaders are often seen as individuals who encourage the growth and progress of the organization. The word itself implies movement, and an effective leader will not let a person remain where they are in terms of rank or skill level. An effective leader promotes forward movement” (p.6).As stated, leaders are about not only finishing the task but about making sure the job is done properly and in the right way. So concerning nursing staffing ratio, leaders are always there to make sure they have enough staff, if it means asking for overtime, then it will be done. The approach to this issue in short, leaders tend to more involved and concerned to make sure the staff do not experience burnout and the patient satisfaction is a priority. If it means helping the nurses to accomplish their tasks, they will do so. The leaders seem to be more of the motivators than just being in a position. According to UTA.edu (2012), the relational approach "is defined as a relational process of people together attempting to accomplish change or make a difference to benefit the common good" (p.1).This approach for both leaders and mangers can be the best

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