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Running head: EFFECTIVE APPROACHES IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT1Benchmark- Effective Approaches in Leadership and ManagementSara Emalee PateGrand Canyon University: NRS 451August 21, 2020
EFFECTIVE APPROACHES IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENTEffective Approaches in Leadership and ManagementIn health care, the goal is to remain safe in everything that is done. However, nurse staffing ratios are at times an issue in care. Staffing ratios can affect health care in any area such as hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices. In each health care setting, there are set nurse ratios for each area. This applies to all areas from clinics, hospitals to visiting nurses there are a safe and unsafe number of patients each nurse can maintain. These safe patient ratios are necessary to ensure the safety of patients and staff. Decreasing the number of patients that nurses are required to care for during the course of their shifts provides a wide range of benefits to both nurses and patients. (Blitchok) This paper will explore the topic of nurse staffing ratios and the safety of it. It will identify the impact on patient safety, and how this issue can be approached in different leadership styles and types. Nurse Staffing Ratios and its Impact on Patient SafetyThe nursing ratio is the ratio of nurses on a particular floor, ward, or unit to the number ofpatients on that given unit. The greater the anticipated acuity of care, as in the ICU, the lower theratio is for the nurse to patient care. The lower acuity of care the higher the ratio for the nurse to patient ratio. ("nurse-patient ratio") Usually, the ratio would be on a medical-surgical unit one nurse to six patients. On higher acuity care such as the ICU, the ratio would be one nurse to two patients. However, many units are understaffed and high turn-over units causing nurses to work at unsafe ratios. Massive cuts in nursing and hospital budgets along with a shortage of qualified nurses has led to unsafe nurse to patient ratios. (Blitchok) This issue can bring in bad habits that can occur and place patient’s care and safety in jeopardy. Many factors can play a role in causing the insufficient nurse to patient ratios such as inadequate training, improper rules, stressful working 2
EFFECTIVE APPROACHES IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENTenvironments, unsafe staffing, and insufficient management and leadership. One out of three

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