A study by Armellino, Quinn Griffin, & Fitzpatrick (2010) reported, low nurse staffing inhibits the delivery of high-quality care and the ability to get work done. The primary goal of healthcare is to provide safe care, and nurses are in a better position to recognize vital signs of deterioration in a patient when appropriately staffed. Hospitals with high nurse/patient ratios have small amounts of mortalities and “poor patient outcomes” (Armellino et al., 2010). Moreover, mandatory staffing would benefit hospitals by increasing the quality of care, patient safety, and reimbursement of services.According to Grohar-Murray & Langan (2011), successfully changing the staffing matrix will require a mix strategy approach. Thus, the leaders should use empirical-rational strategies because this type of rational change will benefit the nurses, the facility, and the patients (Marquis & Huston, 2015). This can be done by using current research to support the need for the change, such as national staffing guidelines. Also, providing information and research about staffing based on acuity level might be helpful.ReferencesArmellino, D., Quinn Griffin, M., & Fitzpatrick, J. (2010). Structural empowerment and patient safety culture among registered nurses working in adult critical care units. Journal of Nursing Management, 18(7), 796-803. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2834.2010.01130.xGrohar-Murray, M., & Langan, J. (2011) Leadership and management in nursing. (4th ed.). Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2015). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application. (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
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