The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, would create the appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios in order to ensure that nurses do not reach burnout because the department had been understaffed. Understaffing which in turn put added stress upon nurses to achieve task completion. However, many institutions have forgone implementing proper nurse-to-patient ratios, which has caused many nurses to have burned-out. It has been a tragic on an emotional 19
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREand human level, but understaff departments have also carried financial and economic costs as well. S. 2446 would provide financial savings on an institutional and national level.The final area, that was mentioned earlier in this section, that had been affected by the occurrence of under staffed departments in hospitals/ health care institutions was an economic one in nature. The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, mentioned the financial loss to both private institutions, as well as government program(s), due to hospitals/ health care institutions with under staffed departments (Safe Staffing, 2018). The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, as well as the Hughes’ Leadership Strategies to Promote Nurse Retention, remarked very comparable figures when it came to the matter of dollars lost annually due to under staffed departments causing burnout. Burnout which in turn created turnover. Hughes’ reported that turnover from burnout and other factors cost $4.9 million USD to $7.6 million USD per institution annually (Hughes, 2016, p. 02). Money that could be utilized to keep experienced workers and bring on new ones. Astrategy preferable to trying to train new workers to fill all the open vacancies. And as mentionedbefore, private institutions have not been the only agency that have suffered losses from under staff departments. The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, also produced similarfigures of loss that were also observed in Al-Amin’s Hospital Characteristics and 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Rates. Al-Amin has estimated that medical readmissions associated with under staffed departments have cost $17 billion USD annually to Medicare (2016, p. 682). A 20
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREpoint to which the McHugh, Berez, and Small article had commented on that“. . . hospitals withbetter registered nurse staffing levels were significantly less likely to be penalized under the CMS Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program than otherwise similar hospitals that were less well staffed.” (McHugh, Berez, & Small, 2013, p. 1744). The Safe Staffing for Nurse and PatientSafety Act of 2018, S. 2446, would create the needed staffing levels through the formation of the nursing/staffing committee to reach the staffing levels mentioned by McHugh, Berez, and Small.
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