Ethical principle or theory Nurses are expected to uphold ethical principles

Ethical principle or theory nurses are expected to

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Ethical principle or theory Nurses are expected to uphold ethical principles when delivering clinically sound judgements in care. The ethical principle that underpins my perspective regarding safe staffing ratios is non-maleficence. Non-maleficence “suggests that a person could not cause damage or harm” (Tsitsis, 2014). Nurses have an innate ability to care for patients without causing harm, however environmental factors, such as an increase in patients per nurse, can potentially affect the level of care they provide. Non-maleficence helps healthcare providers focus on quality outcomes. By maintaining safe ratios, nurses can practice non-maleficence and provide the quality of care that produces quality outcomes. There would be a decrease in patient readmissions, unnecessary healthcare costs, and increases in patient satisfaction. Decision Maker The proposed bill will be presented to Hawaii state Senator Rosalyn H. Baker. Baker has been a legislator for over 25 years and is currently the Chair of the Senate of Commerce,
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POLICY, POLITICS, & GLOBAL HEALTH TRENDS 7 Consumer Protection, and Health Committee. Baker is a long-time advocate for healthcare issues that affect the population’s quality of life and would be a great proponent for the safe staffing ratios. As Senate Health Chair, Baker is currently championing healthcare policies related to caregiver burnout. Explanation This public policy requires Senator Baker’s attention because of her work in championing healthcare policies related to caregiver burnout. Baker would be a great proponent for safe staffing ratios in Hawaii because all her work as Health Chair is centered around the quality of life and healthcare for the community. According to Leigh, Markis, Iosif, and Romano (2015), “the intent of a mandated safe staffing ratio law was to improve patient outcomes and patient safety.” Public policy supporting lower patient-to-nurse ratios on a Med-Surg floor in Hawaii is important to protect the patients and promote better quality of care and quality of life for all patients. Work environments that are unsafe including high patient-to-nurse staffing ratios places everyone at risk. For example, according to Kuwata (2017), it is estimated that healthcare facilities with “nurse-to-patient ratios of 1:6, as opposed to 1:4, would have 2.3 additional deaths per 1,000 patients, and 8.7 additional deaths per 1,000 patients with complications.” Having a safe environment for both nurses and patients have been associated with better health outcomes. Lower staffing ratios of 1:4 allows nurses the time to provide quality care and “they concluded that lowering ratios could possibly thwart approximately 1,000 deaths per year” (American Medical Association, 2018). Understaffing at hospitals, or not maintaining safe ratios, lead to poor health outcomes. For example, according to Furillo (2014), adverse outcomes of understaffing include increased lengths of stay, rates of urinary tract infections, upper gastrointestinal infections, hospital
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POLICY, POLITICS, & GLOBAL HEALTH TRENDS 8 acquired pneumonias, failure to rescue, sepsis, and readmissions. Not providing a safe ratio for
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