Open systems work better in hospitals organizations by allowing staff and

Open systems work better in hospitals organizations

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system. Open-systems work better in hospitals organizations by allowing staff and leaders to work cohesively together. In an open-system, the hospital organization will look at the external environment for help with the nurse to patient ratios. With retaining nursing staff or hiring, entropy must be counteracted (Myer & O’Brien-Pallas, 2010). One of the ways this hospital organization is trying to prevent entropy is by using travel nurses. Travel nurses can help decrease the nurse to patient ratios and help boost staff morale. As a travel nurse, myself, I’ve been on units where nurse retention is high due to high acuity and increased patient loads. Travel nurses can decrease the patient loads. Travel nurses are also able to see if a hospital organization is right for them, thus staying on full-time at a hospital organization. References BusinessDictionary. (2017). Entropy. Retrieved from
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Johnson, J. K., Miller, S. H., & Horowitz, S. D. (2008). Systems-based practice: Improving the safety and quality of patient care by recognizing and improving the systems in which we work. Retrieved from Marquis, B. L., & Huston, C. J. (2015). Leadership roles and management functions in nursing: Theory and application (8th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. Meyer, R. M., & O’Brien-Pallas, L. L. (2010). Nursing services delivery theory: An open system approach. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 66 (12), 2828–2838.
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