For a country or state to achieve their goal in e health care system where every individual receives optimum health care then more nurses need to be employed. The low number of nurses to patients is directly felt by the common citizen in a country or state. The reason why nurses are highly needed in this area is the fact that it the patients or rather senior need care which is best given by the nurses. Burn out may in turn lead to low service delivery. In this blog the impacts of the nurses to patient ratio are clearly discussed.
First and foremost the nurse to patient ratio affect the seniors by allocation of long tiring shifts to nurses. Over working of nurses is therefore the state in which nurses tend to work more than they are required. In any case when a worker is overworked they tend not deliver as desired this is because they are tired and their concentration level is low. Tired and over worked nurses may tend to leave most of the work to the non-qualified staff exposing the seniors in the residential homes to danger.
Secondly another impact that may be faced due to the nurses to patient ratio among senior is high staff turnover. For one to trust a care giver or nurse they ought to have seen them around and known them quite well, however this is not the case as most nurses move from one nursing home to another looking for better working environments. When nurses turnover is high then the of the residential home suffer from receiving substandard services and in other cases to care is given to them at all un till a new nurse is found.
The third way in which nurse to patient ratio affect the seniors is by receiving care from unqualified staff. Due to the small number of qualified nurses the seniors in the residential homes tend to receive care from unqualified staff which may be a threat the patients. When no care is given at all the family of the patient of senior in a residential home may force to look for private facilities which may be very expensive.
Finally, another impact of the nurse to patient ratio is creation of wrong mentality about the nursing career. Many people tend to choose other career due to the notion that nursing is not well paying. People tend to look down upon the elderly especially in cases where they cannot afford to take them to good nursing homes making their self-esteem drop which leads to their sudden deaths increasing their mortality levels. The poor care given to the senior in the residential homes highly discourages the urge for one to grow old.