Do We Need Better Nursing Rations to Give Better Patient Care?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 5th, 2010

Some regions of the country are trying to mandate nursing ratios to ensure adequate patient care. While those favoring mandated ratios are well-intended, Pat Rutherford, MS, RN, vice president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (
thinks the strategy and methodology are flawed.

She contends that we need to optimize the working conditions for the nursing resources we currently have at the bedside and remove all of the inefficiencies and barriers that prevent nurses from providing optimal patient care.

We can remove the wasted time  and re-invest it  into activities that provide value for patients and family members. In TCAB, (Transforming Care at the Bedside) staff have redesigned key clinical processes, and on average, double staff time at the bedside.

So what makes more sense? Increasing the number of nurses on a shift, or doubling the amount of time nurses spend in direct patient care? Allowing nurses to care for patients always improves morale and satisfaction for nurses and patients.

This is the best way to recruit nurses into our profession and to retain nurses too.

To learn more strategies to recruit and retain nurses, contact me. I’d love to come speak at your hospital to increase nurse satisfaction and nurse recruitment and retention.

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