satisfaction and is driving many of our qualified nurses to leave the profession. Many nurses report a greater dissatisfaction in their job and emotional exhaustion when they are responsible for more patients than they can care for safely.AngieRe:Re:Topic 5 DQ 2I agree with you James; inadequate staffing can lead to many other preventable problems. According to Stanton (2004), hospitals that increase their nurse staffing ratios either across all units or within individual units have reason to be concerned about the impact of such steps on their finances. However, a new study finds that increased staffing of RNs does not significantly decrease a hospital's profit, even though it boosts the hospital's operating costs. A 1-percent increase in RN full-time equivalents increased operating expenses by about 0.25 percent but resulted in no statistically significant effect on profit margins. In contrast, higher levels of non-nurse staffing caused higher operating expenses as well as lower profits.One study found that each additional surgical patient per nurse was associated with a 7-percent higher likelihood of dying within 30 days of admission and a 7-percent higher likelihood of failure to rescue. In the 168 hospitals with a mean patient-to-nurse ratio ranging from 4:1 to 8:1, 4,535 of 232,342 patients died within 30 days of being admitted. If the patient-nurse ratio had been as low as 4:1 in the 168 hospitals, then possibly only 4,000 patients might have died, and had the ratio been as high as 8:1, more than 5,000 might have died.A second study found that 30-day mortality rates among AIDS patients were lower wherethere was both a higher nurse-patient ratio and an AIDS specialty physician service. For example, the study found that an increase of 0.25 nurse per patient day would produce a 20-percent decrease in 30-day mortalityReferenceStanton, M. (2004). Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care. Retrieved fromRe:Topic 5 DQ 2
Nursing research involves a very wide scope of scientific investigation that includes clinical research, health systems and outcomes research, as well as nursing education research. Clinical research provides a scientific foundation for the care of individuals across the lifespan and occursin any kind of setting where nursing care is provided. The scope of clinical research can range from an acute state of illness to chronic care experiences that can range across an entire life span;health promotion and preventive care to end of life care; and care for people, families and communities that are in diverse areas. It is very important for nursing research to take a visionary approach to be able to have a greater impact in the future. Problems that are complex inhuman health need approaches that are inter-professional. Nurses have the qualifications to lead and also to participate in interdisciplinary research teams because they have an educational background in physiology, pharmacology, psychology and sociology. They can provide
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