The rising nursing to patient ratio is one of the most discussed topics in a modern-day clinical setting. Nurses are asked to care for more patients with individual healthcare centers and states being left to handle this ever-increasing problem. Research shows that a balanced nurse-to-patient ratio leads to increased patient satisfaction and better quality of care. Furthermore, a balanced ratio means reduced readmission cases and patients recovering at a fast rate because of receiving care from an adequately staffed nursing team (Shin et al., 2018). However, the situation on the ground is different, with nurses being forced to take care of a higher number of patients than the required one: two.
The cost of hiring healthcare professionals takes a huge chunk of the money hospitals make, necessitating keeping the numbers low to avoid spending huge amounts on salaries. As a result, it becomes challenging to maintain the low patient ratio. Equally, high turnover rates among healthcare professionals also affect the ratio negatively.
Healthcare centers have a huge role in dealing with the nurse: patient ratio by ensuring that they hire enough nurses such that healthcare teams handling a patient are not affected in case of a no show or no call by one of the members can be replaced easily. Additionally, nurses should be trained on the demands of the profession to avoid high turnover rates (Wynendaele et al., 2019). To sum up, positive working relationships among healthcare teams should be encouraged by involving nurses in hospital decision-making and continuous training.
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