Identify a Patient Care Situation and Describe How Nursing Care, or Approaches to Decision‐Making, Differ Between the BSN‐Prepared Nurse and the ADN Nurse
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For example, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence explains that if the threshold of 8 patients per nurse is surpassed, the hospital is exposed to major risks, while the mandatory staffing policies in the U.S. set a limit of 4 to 7 patients per nurse in acute wards. These limits are to ensure that prompt response is possible, but the abilities of the nurse, once attending on a patient in need, are also vital to the overall outcome. The more training nurses have, the more they can respond to complex situations, without wasting time by waiting for other qualified medical physicians. For this reason, continuous efforts are in place to increase the number of RNs with BSN qualifications in hospitals from 50% to 80% by 2020.
This is where nursing needs to be and we need to continue to focus on the total being and their environment.
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