Maintaining a suitable staffing ratio within a healthcare organization is

Maintaining a suitable staffing ratio within a

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endotracheal tube extubation, respiratory failure, and cardiac arrest in intensive care units. Maintaining a suitable staffing ratio within a healthcare organization is critical. Without appropriate staffing ratios, nurses may experience exhaustion due to longer working hours, leading to reduced performance levels among these nurses. With respect to nurse outcomes, researchers have found that lower nurse staffing is associated with higher nurse burnout and job dissatisfaction and intent to leave. Low nurse staffing is also related to needlestick injuries (Shin, Park, & Bae, 2018). Through a study of nurse-patient ratios, healthcare organizations can develop guidelines on the nurse-to-patient ratio to prevent adverse nurse outcomes and to promote nurses’ health and well-being. References: Driscoll, A., Grant, M. J., Carroll, D., Dalton, S., Deaton, C., Jones, I., & Astin , F. (2018). The effect of nurse-to-patient ratios on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 17 (1), 6-22. Shin, S. Park, JH., Bae, SH (2018). Nurse staffing and nurse outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Nursing Outlook, 66, 3, Pages 273-282.
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