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One of the opportunities that I see in the clinical setting that needs to be improved is staffing. Of course 2020 and COVID hit us hard for the year but some facilities were already in shambles before the pandemic. Staffing is one of those things that can breakdown a facility to its inner most core. You have to hire and provide the unit with appropriate and knowledgeable staff that can handle the unit and the patient acuity. This helps with providing the best care for the patient and it gives the nursing staff time to provide the best care to the patient they are caring for. When staffing levels aren’t met, patient mortality increases. According to Rebecca Paulsen she stresses quality of care to achieve patient outcomes, which, in turn, can lead to higher reimbursement from the insurance company. Nurse-to-patient ratios are substantially important when trying to keep infection rates, potential drug reactions, and medication errors at a minimum (Paulson, 2018). Hospital reimbursement is based on performance. If units don’t adequately staff enough professionals to provide the care that patients need based on their acuity level, reimbursement may significantly be affected (Ashe, 2018). When units have higher turnover rates, including admissions, discharges, and transfers, additional nursing time isn’t recognized in shift variability when considering staffing needs and nurse-to-patient ratios(Ashe, 2018). This is way having the unit or clinical area staffed accordingly makes the unit and the level of stress, burnout, depression among staff decrease.

References:

Ashe, Leah RN The importance of adequate staffing, Nursing Management (Springhouse): December 2018 – Volume 49 – Issue 12 – p 7 doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000549519.47901.4f

Paulsen, Rebecca A. PhD(c), MS, RN, CPN Taking nurse staffing research to the unit level, Nursing Management (Springhouse): July 2018 – Volume 49 – Issue 7 – p 42-48 doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000538915.53159.b5