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Running head: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE AND ETHIC CONSIDERATIONS 1Qualitative Research Critique and Ethical ConsiderationsGrand Canyon University David Coicou
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CRITIQUE AND ETHIC CONSIDERATIONS 2MY PICOT STATEMENT: Registered nurses on my surgical, medical unit commonly have a patient ratio of 8:1. In comparison with many facilities with a lower nurse/patient ratio, studies show a decrease in the occurrences of falls and medication errors. Will reducing the number of patients per nurse for a six month period result in increased patient safety as evidenced by a decreased rate of falls and medication errors?Qualitative StudyShekelle, P. G. (2013). Effect of Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Ratios on Patient Morbidity and Mortality - Making Health Care Safer II - NCBI Bookshelf. Pages 372-384Background of StudyIn the article, Shakelle (2013) assesses the problem of patient safety and how it relates to the nursing staff levels. Although there have been no conclusive research on the number of nursing staff ratios to patients, most of the studies reflect a connection between the two aspects. The study assesses how the patient safety practice should work in hospitals and reasons why it should be adopted across different hospitals. Shakelle (2013) however notes that the nurse to patient level is a major factor in reducing the level of mortality rates in the society. It is an important assessment that needs to be developed while creating a working model that derives from different conditions in hospitals. Drawing from different research and how these have reviewed the issue of the patient to nurse ratio and a reduction in the level of mortality rate, it is clear that the two are related although not exclusively. The researcher notes that other factors canbe associated with this aspect including nurse burnout, job satisfaction, nursing leadership in hospitals, and nurse practice environment that are all aspects that need to be measured before