I am a 2nd year nursing student, trying to write a research paper for my summer internship at a hospital. I've been working as a CNA in a Cardiac/tele unit. CNA's have 10 patients and work for 2 or 3 nurses during each shift. I had an idea that if there was a Nurse-to-CNA ratio of 1:1, patients would receive better care, there would probably be fewer pressure ulcers, falls and hospital acquired infections, and patients would be more satisfied with the quality of care received. I have hours trying to find anything published on this topic, but I can't find anything.
Are there any RNs out there who have more than one CNA per 10 patients on their unit? I would like to ask a few questions for my paper.
Also, are there any RNs out there who include the CNAs in the end-of-shift report?
I only have a few questions, or if you would like to share your experience... I'll take whatever I can get.
thanks in advance!