Almost three quarters of Nursing Times readers who answered a snap poll last week do not think the patient to registered nurse ratio on their ward is safe.
In our online Poll of the Week 28% answered “yes”, when asked whether the patient to RN ratio on their ward was safe, but 72% answered “no”.
Our question follows findings from a study by the National Nurse Research Unit, in which 86% of hospital nurses had to leave care undone on their last shift because of staffing shortages.
The number of patients per nurse on duty was significantly linked with the incidence of unfinished care by nurses, or “missed care”. Wards should have seven patients or less per registered nurse to avoid missing vital care, the researchers found.
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