Hello! I am doing a school project on how high patient-to-nurse ratios affect overall care. I need responses from nurses and there will be 5 questions in this survey. They are all yes or no questions. If you would like to elaborate on the questions, feel free to do so. If you do not want to answer a question, you do not have to.
Have you been negatively affected by high patient to nurse ratios?
Do you believe importing nurses will help the situation?
Do you believe adding more staff to nursing schools will help the situation?
Have patients ever been negatively affected where you work because there were not enough nurses?
Will this situation get worse overtime?
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I can attest to that high nurse-patient ratio definitely affects patient care. I returned to the floor after years of doing office-based nursing. I was hired at a SNF and during my entire training my preceptor could only complete her med pass and treatments because I was busy answering all the call lights that we ringing throughout the day. I can hardly say that I received adequate training since I was so busy with assisting patients to the bathroom or putting them on the bed pan. Well I humg in there for that one week of training but after my first day of working by myself on the unit, I realized that it was mission impossible. There was no way I could complete my nursing duties and meet all the demands and needs of the patients. There is 1 CNA to 1RN and about 13-16 patients. I was torn all day and felt so bad after I got home that I refused to return to the facility. We need more nurses and CNAs alike to help meet the needs of our patients. Working with limited resource is a hazard and I am all for decreasing these ratios so we can provide adequate care to patients.
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