Nurse: Patient Ratio

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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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Travel Nurse versus Staff Nurse: What’s the Difference?

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Travel Nurse versus Staff Nurse: What’s the Difference?

Travel nursing is not the same a staff nursing. Here are some of the major differences.

Work responsibilities

A travel nurse is expected to step into an unfamiliar unit in an unfamiliar facility and pick up a full assignment on the first shift, often with minimal orientation. In contrast, a staff nurse will often have several months of orientation before they are expected to handle the same assignment. However, travelers are often given a pass on some of the documentation expectations, particularly on the more esoteric pieces of the chart. And travelers will rarely be assigned to care for the sickest or most complex patients within a unit.

Staff and management attitude

Travelers are expected to be competent, confident, and able to quickly pick up their assignment without needing any sort of hand-holding. Management expects strong work performance and high quality nursing skills. Staff expects the traveler to ask questions where needed, to remember what they have been told, to work well in a team, and to work without complaining or comparing the current facility to other places where the traveler may have worked. In most instances, the traveler will not be assigned to the sickest patients within a unit and will frequently be given a lighter assignment for the first few shifts until they have figured out how things work on this unit.

Because travelers will usually only be around for thirteen weeks, there is a tendency to avoid addressing smaller issues because the irritation will soon be gone. Staff nurses, since they are expected to be around for a long(er) time, are often held to higher standards. Experiences vary widely, and part of the challenge of travel nursing is that you do not know which you will get until you begin to work at the next assignment.

Workload

Workload varies widely. However, travelers are usually expected to carry a full assignment. Depending on the culture of the unit, they may also be given the heaviest or least wanted assignments. Experiences vary widely. Some assignments will be great, others will be horrible.

Why travel nursing is still a positive experience

Travel nursing takes you to places and into situations that you would otherwise never get to experience. Where else would you get to travel, with paid accommodations, and work in multiple facilities all across your state (or multiple states, depending on your licensure and the policies of the agency you are working for)? You will be stretched, you will rapidly improve your skills, you will love it and you will hate it. You may discover a job so wonderful that you decide to transition to a staff nurse there. You will certainly learn a lot about yourself and about human nature. You will meet wonderful people and horrible people and everything in-between.

Travel nursing requires a relatively high level of skill and experience going into it. Confidence and humility and good teamwork certainly don’t hurt. If you have those things, travel nursing can be a wonderful experience.

Travel Nursing Requirement after COVID19

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Demand of Travel Nursing after Covid19.

Travel nursing. It sounds cool and all, but what is it? Can I make money doing it? Is it steady work? This short article intends to answer some of the most common questions about travel nursing.

Travel nurses (aka travelers) provide temporary fill-in assistance, usually when a hospital or other facility is short-staffed, either due to losing large numbers of their staff or because of an unusual surge in demand/patient load. Travelers usually work a thirteen-week contract in one location, then move on to the next.

With the current pandemic, there has been an unprecedented demand for travel nursing, especially for those who are willing to serve COVID-positive patients in situations with limited resources. With the heightened demand, pay rates have risen commensurately. Anecdotally, $125 per hour is not unusual for nurses working in intensive care units in the middle of an outbreak.

So. What does this mean for the intrepid travel nurse? Will there still be demand after COVID?

Absolutely yes. Travel nursing has been around for a long time, and it isn’t going away anytime soon.

If you have the experience to begin now, it’s a great time to get into it, since the rates are higher than they’ve ever been. However, even if you are just graduating and still need several years of critical care experience before you sign your first contract, the demand is pretty certain to stay strong until then. The current high rates are unlikely to stay, but travelers have always been able to command a premium for their ability to step into any unit and start working with only minimal orientation. If that sounds like you, go for it!

Nurses in Time of COVID

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Being a nurse in a global pandemic is a unique and challenging calling.

If you are like most healthcare professionals, you became a nurse to save lives and to help others. Depending on where you work, both of those desires have been deeply challenged over the last year. Ethical dilemmas abound, and so do Casualties and disability.

Long hours and tiring work have always been a part of nursing, but that has become ever so much more so during the ongoing pandemic. Mandatory quarantines, parents staying home with children who are doing school online, and higher patient loads in acute care, rehab, and long term care lead to chronic short-staffing.

Risk of life has increased everywhere, but especially felt by those caring for known COVID-positive patients. Add to that the stress of perhaps carrying COVID to a family member, and nurses are bearing a load of anxiety such as hasn’t been known in decades.

I became a nurse to save lives and help others. You, too, probably.

Together, let’s take a deep breath and remember that this hasn’t changed. Get a good night’s sleep, strap on your N95, wash your hands, smile with your eyes, and go bring your unique blend of caring and skill into a world that desperately needs it.

From a VCS Healthcare Nurse!

Karen

Healthcare Workers

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Healthcare workers have been serving Community and providing care to the patients in need. We know healthcare Workers  sometime cancel personal plans  and miss family functions when Hospital/Facility is short in staffing and need workers to worker so VCS is thankful to the Healthcare workers for provider services!

VCS is happy to work with healthcare service providers and healthcare workers to maintain the Supply and Demand ratio so patients always get the care and attention as needed.

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