worse was when one patient deteriorated clinically, suffered from cardiac arrest and had to be intubated, necessitating for all four of us to be in the room trying to resuscitate the patient. At thesame time, another patient who had a DNR/DNI code status passed away without having a nurse at her bedside. It was unimaginable having a loved one pass away in the hospital without a nurse
SAFE STAFFING FOR NURSE AND PATIENT SAFETY16being at her side to provide comfort measures and to make sure that she had a peaceful death. The patient has been dead for an hour before her nurse even had the time to go into her room andattend to her. When I went inside the room to help my colleague perform post-mortem care on this patient, we looked at each other and tears started flowing down our eyes, especially when my colleague started apologizing to her patient for not being by her side when she passed away. Having these experiences strengthened my resolve to support the Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act to ensure that every patient will have nurses available to provide them with the quality of care that they deserve. I believe that as nurses, it is deeply inculcated in us, ashoned by our experience in this profession, to protect our patients from harm, safeguard their health and promote their best interest. But this will be extremely impossible when a single nurse has to take care of so many patients. There will definitely be lapses in care, errors in medications, failure to adhere to protocol, and faulty judgments that will significantly affect the patient outcomes, patient experience, quality of care, and ultimately the nurses’ well-being in the workplace. I passionately support S. 2446 as I have personally experienced the life-threatening and horrifying outcomes of inadequate nurse staffing levels in the hospitals and I hope that occurrences of adverse health outcomes on patients due to inadequate nurse staffing can be mitigated when this bill is finally passed into law. As a Christian nurse, I believe that the principle of doing no harm to my patients is reflected in God’s law as stated in Romans 13:10 (New International Version), “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillmentof the law.”Bill RecommendationsThe Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018 is a collaborative effort of nurses and legislators with the goal of addressing the mounting concerns associated with
SAFE STAFFING FOR NURSE AND PATIENT SAFETY17negative patient outcomes directly attributed to inadequate staffing levels in the hospitals. Right now, there are no federal standards regulating the number of patients a registered nurse can care for at one time in U.S. hospitals. As a result, nurses are regularly required to care for more patients than is safe, compromising patient care. This legislation would protect patientsand improve healthcare by the development of a staffing plan by a hospital staffing committee that is composed significantly of direct care registered nurse.
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