Ethics and Patient Safety

Assessment Preparation Adequate levels of staffing are necessary to achieve positive patient outcomes. Most hospitals have established their own standards of acceptable staffing levels but cannot guarantee adequate staffing, particularly in the critical care area. Nursing shortages and budget cuts are forcing health care organizations into uncomfortable situations.

Research the topic of patient-staff ratio. You may use information from professional Web sites, but you also must include recent articles from peer-reviewed journals. assessment Instructions The most important strategy for a health care organization is a commitment to a culture of safety. For this assessment, examine and analyze the ethical implications of inadequate staffing as you complete the following: Explain how a high patient to staff ratio affects patient care and the quality of that care.

Describe the kinds of medical errors that might occur in a high patient to staff situation. Explain the ethical dilemma this situation poses for the following stakeholders: Individual staff members. The health care organization. The health care management professional. Explain how you would address the issue. Be sure to include a thorough discussion of any special training or education your plan might require. Describe strategies an organization might use to help plan for and avoid the situation. Use the resources you located to support your analysis and strategies. Your paper must be 5–6 pages in length, excluding the title page and reference page.