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Comparative Analysis of Nurse-patient Ratio Mandates for the Hospital Setting
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A Comparative Analysis of Nurse-Patient Ratio Mandates For the Hospital Setting ABSTRACT Throughout the United States there is an initiative to create mandatory guidelines regulating the exact number of nurses that must be present at all times during any hours where patients are present and under the care of medical professionals.
Legislation has passed in California, and will be presented in other states to mandate a specific ratio of nurses per patient that must be maintained at all times. The goal of this study is to identify a balance between adequate levels of nurse-personnel while maintaining hospital efficiency both in terms of cost, and the time-resources of medical professionals. A Comparative Analysis of Nurse-Patient Ratio Mandates For the Hospital Setting INTRODUCTION The possibility of nursing shortages is a relevant concern for hospitalists, patients, and the general public alike. Years past have produced numerous concerns of under-staffed, overburdened hospitals as a barrier to adequate care. This paper will endeavor to examine the conventional wisdom that more patient responsibility will yield lower quality care from nurses and other healthcare professionals; and the extent to which such a decline in patient outcome can be quantified. ...
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