Scenario: Nurse Staffing Ratios and Performance Improvement
Many studies have documented associations between nurse staffing levels, performance, and patient outcomes over the years. Adequate nurse staffing is associated with the following:
Regulatory bodies, including state boards and accreditation organizations, have enforced staffing level recommendations.
Despite the enforcement of staffing policies, many healthcare managers still take chances to assign nurses to a much larger number of patients. Ms. Adams, the night shift supervisor on the children’s unit at the Global Medical Behavioral Hospital, assigned the entire unit to one nurse instead of three. Her reason was that other nurses had called in earlier that afternoon.
It was late that very night that fight broke out in the unit. The nurse was alone and could not control the children who overpowered her and caused many damages to property.
An investigation was ordered, and the HR department was blamed for not pushing fast enough to hire nurses. The HR department cited several problems with recruiting, and in fact, the director of the HR department had said that staff turnover is their biggest problem. She further stated that they had relied on traditional recruiting methods instead of using technology such as recruitment apps, social medial, other Web sites, agencies, and the human resource information system (HRIS).
The American Nurses Association (ANA) identifies three general approaches to ensure adequate staffing, as follows (Wolters Kluwer, 2018):
This facility has not followed the ANA recommendation, and now Nurse Adams is holding the hospital liable for her injuries. In addition, some of the parents are now suing the hospital for injuries to their children.
You are now hired to address this issue and advance recommendations to prevent these problems in the hospital. Prepare a 5-page report (excluding cover page and references) addressing the following issues:
Cite 4–5 sources in APA format.
Submitting your assignment in APA format means, at a minimum, you will need the following:
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