nurse-to-patient ratio

nurse-to-patient ratio

The number of nurses assigned to care for a patient, esp. in a hospital. Low nurse-to-patient ratios have been associated with a decrease in the quality of hospital care and an increase in complications in care.
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However, California is the only state that stipulates that a required minimum nurse-to-patient ratio to be maintained at all times by unit.
This is to support our domestic recruitment plan to ensure that we have a safe and sustainable nurse-to-patient ratio on our hospital wards.
The orthopaedic consultant said quality of care deteriorated if nurses were stretched, and hospitals were running a "false economy" if they chose to have a lower nurse-to-patient ratio.
The state's 450-plus acute care hospitals were to begin using a 1-to-5 nurse-to-patient ratio this month down from 1-to-6, as part of a law signed in 1999 by then-Gov.
You can imagine when you have that kind of patient load, combined with the fact that patients are much sicker when they are in hospitals nowadays--there is higher acuity--then the workload for an RN in a typical day is overwhelming, unless there is some kind of nurse-to-patient ratio regulation.
Also, 30-day mortality rates among AIDS patients were lower where there was both a higher nurse-to-patient ratio and an AIDS specialty physician service.
There will be about 40 people on staff, which will provide a higher nurse-to-patient ratio than in a regular hospital.
Jim Douglas in May requires all hospitals in the state to publicly post the nurse-to-patient ratio for every unit and shift.
NZNO is calling for a compulsory nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:4 in general medical and surgical wards, depending on hospital size, and a ratio of 1: 2 to 1: 3 in emergency departments.
For every legislative session in the past 12 years, a bill setting a nurse-to-patient ratio in the state's hospitals has come before the state Legislature.
About the time he was trying to end the lunch-break rule, Schwarzenegger also declared a hospital emergency and moved back from this year to 2008 state rules calling for hospitals to maintain a nurse-to-patient ratio no worse than 1-to-5.
As an organization located in a military town, Cape Fear Valley deals with its fair share of RN turnover; at the same time, the hospital is enhancing its nurse-to-patient ratio and felt it needed a strategy for better-preparing and retaining new RNs.