Evidence Base Research: Impacts of High Nurse to Patient Ratios
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... Base Research: Impacts of High Nurse to Patient Ratios Introduction There is a substantial amount of evidence based research that highlights that patient outcomes are poorer, infection rates go up, and failure to rescue increases when nurse to patient ratios are high both in telemetry (Amaravadi et al, 2000; Archibald et al, 1997; Clarke, 2003) and surgical units. There is also chance of nurse burn out, job dissatisfaction, and low retention (Decker, 2008; Brown, 2010). The high nurse to patient ration, while serving cost cutting requirements, forces nurses to be focused more on quanitity of care than quality of care, and may lead to negative outcomes for both patients and nurses. In the United...