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Inadequate Staffing: Patient Safety in Today's Healthcare Marketplace- A Four Part Series

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Damion Jenkins is a MSN, RN and specializes in NCLEX Prep Expert - 100% Pass Rate.

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One of the biggest challenges in today’s rapidly evolving healthcare marketplace is maintaining the highest possible standards for patient safety while keeping up with all of the rapid changes to the process in which patient care is being delivered. In part one of this four part patient safety series, we will discuss the major patient safety concern of inadequate staffing ratios and offer nursing lead initiatives that will help to bring patient safety back to the forefront of our healthcare system. You are reading page 2 of Inadequate Staffing: Patient Safety in Today's Healthcare Marketplace- A Four Part Series. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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morelostthanfound has 27 years experience as a BSN and specializes in CVOR, General/Trauma Surgery.

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On 5/18/2018 at 6:07 PM, Katillac said:

Comedienne Brett Butler says of her devotion to her second husband, "You let one dog get away, you're gonna build a taller fence and put better food out." Translated to nursing, that means employers need to provide attractive opportunities, including some combination of compensation, benefits, scheduling, training, and workplace environment and culture. Then, equally importantly they need to prioritize retaining the staff they hire by actively showing they respect and value the commitment, knowledge, caring and experience of their staff, both seasoned and newer.

It's kind of that simple.


Great post-thank you Katillac!.  It is this simple and what I have said for years.  However, it is also pie in the sky and realistically, probably not going to happen anytime in the foreseeable future.  What angers me about this entire  issue is that it has become the 'Elephant in the room' for academia and hospital administrators, who would rather scratch their heads, feign ignorance, and talk around the problem, rather than address it head on with dollars and cents!  And what about all of those lofty hospital mission statements and corporate values about safety?  What could be more safe than effective and realistic staffing of nurses and ancillary staff? Do we really need more talk, surveys, research.....? Couldn't we work to retain our senior and experienced nurses instead of marginalizing and pushing them out so newer nurses can be hired in at a much lower hourly wage?  How about laying off some of the health system's deadwood administrators or cutting some of the senior managements' many perks and using that $ to beef up direct care staffing?  

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realnursealso/LPN has 34 years experience as a LPN and specializes in Peds Homecare.

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This is what happened in Syracuse, NY. The owners were making money hand over fist while employees were slaving and not able to give acceptable care. The former owners were prosecuted and have since sold the nursing home. I believe there is a class action lawsuit from patients families, and patients themselves. The place was raided.




Not just hospitals have staffing issues.

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