Now I am not a math whiz or anything but in my opinion the short staffing crisis(read:the crisis created by hospitals)can be solved by a simple math equation:
Let x=number of patients we must take per shift.
Let y= # of hours needed to spend charting on each pt
Let z= The hours we work in a shift
Let t= the time we can spend with each pt
Problem: Solve for "t"
x=10 (average nowadays in non-ICU)
z=12 (or more)
Well, as I said I'm not a math whiz, but the gist of this is obvious. The "t" or TIME we have to devote to each patient is possibly a few MINUTES per shift. The charting,phone calls,emergencies,codes,families,doctors,calls from lab,calls from x-ray,and basic troubleshooting take up the rest of the "patient hour". If one has 12 patients, well...
you better do the math, cuz I'm sick.