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Proposal for a Research Paper on Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Name of Author Author’s Affiliation Author Note Author note with more information about affiliation, research grants, conflict of interest and how to contact Creating a Research Project Proposal Introduction: There appears to exist a tendency on the part of healthcare administrators to ignore the aspect of ‘nurse to patient ratios’ when staffing hospitals and other such institutions.
However, this factor is never considered when nurses are assigned to care for a selected number of patients. Quoting Barbara Blakeney, President, American Nurses Association (ANA), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) endorses the fact that inadequate nurse staffing is the primary concern for the nurses and that “when RN care is insufficient, patient safety is compromised and the risk of death is increased” (Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, 2007). Shortage of nurses places extra onus on the available staff and hence seasoned nurses are matriculating away from bedside nursing. This happens primarily because the added tasks needed to be performed are not directly related to patient care. This can be evidenced in the case of Cameroon Diva, a BSN, who states that she wants to quit bedside nursing because in the hospital where she has worked, they had “extreme staff shortage and not enough nursing assistance on the floor” (Diva, 1996). Besides, the frequent changes in computerized charting require nurses to remain near their computers and take their time away from the primary task of patient care. ...
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