identified as: patient safety, patient satisfaction, staff safety, staff burnout, institutional financial costs, and national final costs (Safe Staffing, 2018). Brief Overview of S. 2446The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, has three main sections. The core of the bill is section II. Section II has covered the required structure of the staff/nursing committee(s) that each Medicare participating institution would need to form in order to address staffing levels. The makeup of the staff/nursing committee would consist of the committee being no less than fifty-five percent of nurses who do not have any managerial or 16
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREhospital administrative positions(s) (Safe Staffing, 2018). This has meant that the committee would comprised of those staff members who have been responsible for carrying the brunt of the work/patient care load. The other sections of the bill are an introductory section, and a section that covers regulatory mechanisms for non-compliance to the changes the bill would mandate (Safe Staffing, 2018). S. 2446 and Improvements to Health Care The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, would allow for quality improvements to the United States Health Care Delivery System by addressing the core issue of under staffed departments in Medicare participating hospitals/institutions across the United States. The staff level correction method(s) found in The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018,S.2446, would achieve quality improvements to the United States Health Care Delivery System in three main areas. Those areas of improvement would be, increasing positive patient outcomes and satisfaction levels, decreasing the environment and conditions that lead to burnout, and would provide avenues for institutional and national economic savings (Safe Staffing, 2018). The first noticeable improvement, to the three areas listed, would be increasing positive patient outcomes and satisfaction levels.Appropriate nurse-to-patient ratios lead to better patient outcomes. The Safe Staffingfor Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018,S.2446, identified that proper nurse-to-patient ratios could rectify some of those issues that have stemmed from departments in hospitals/ health care institutions being short staffed (Safe Staffing, 2018). It should have come as no surprise to understand that when departments have been short staffed, and the workload remained the same or increased, that the first casualty of this environment have most often been the outcome of the patients. Nurses and other staff, logically, have tried to work faster to try and still accomplish 17
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCARErequired tasks, but often the hurried nature of task completion has resulted in errors, or care not rendered in a timely manner. These errors have often occurred at the patient’s expense (Safe Staffing, 2018).
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