Nursing Staffing Ratio

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It is estimated there will be 1.6 million job openings for Registered Nurses by the year 2022 (Carnevale, Smith & Gulish, 2015). Nursing professionals of the 21st century represent the forefront of the Healthcare system and short staffing is causing unsatisfactory health services. Accountable for these difficulties are the economic environment and the ageing population. What is the ideal number of Registered Nurses required to deliver efficient and cost effective Healthcare? This essay seeks to examine the domino effect concerning the shortage of Registered Nurses and possible solutions to improve the nurse to patient ratio. The shortage of nurses is approaching epidemic levels and as a result, hospitals are overcrowded, understaffed and consequently medical care is compromised. Supporting this, Dr Peter Carter (2015) the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Nursing broadcasted: “Nurses complete shifts dissatisfied with the level of care provided due to the reality of insufficient numbers of them.” According the the Royal College of Nursing…show more content…
When staffing ratios are suitable, the readmission of patients should be minimised, and therefore be cost effective. In an attempt to increase the number of nursing graduates, promotion of nursing could be achieved through advertising, especially to the male populace. Traditionally, females have dominated the nursing occupation and as nursing careers are much more advanced today, informing prospective graduates of the possibilities that nurses provide would produce an expansion to this area. Ensuring there is a continued growth in Registered Nurses, and to meet future demands, it is important to target Secondary Schools and make the development of a nursing role more broadly known, and appreciated for students considering it as a

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