There is a growing concern over this issue considering the fact that many solutions offered depict some weaknesses. Fist, the decision to increase nurse ratio has been linked to struggles between cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness. Studies conducted by Reiter et al (2012), to reveal the financial performance encompassing the direct cost of nursing leaves a lot to tell. According to his research, about 80% of this performance equaled the remunerations and benefits, 44% comprised inpatient care costs, and 30% reflected hospital expenditures. Given this data, one can easily deduce why the state government is struggling with insufficient budget to support adequate nurse to patient ratios.
Secondly, there an increased uncertainty on how new healthcare reform will affect ratios. Reiter, Harless, and Mark (2012) study on California’s assembly bill (AB394) showed an increase of 20% daily nursing hours and estimated its cost to be about $168,000 to $2.3 over the following five years. With such costs, the general public (the patients included) is expected to pay heavily if this ratio is to be met.
Finally, there is increased concern for the lower number of a graduate from the nursing program. Medical schools across the nation depicted low student registration, a factor that has been linked to the current problems facing the nursing field. This deficit is made even worse.