Capital Health RN
I have been a RN for 25 years and I do believe that there is a disproportion number of nurse to patient ratios. I have seen over the past number of years how patients stay in hospital are being extended because of nurses being unable to deal with non-emergency items.
For example, patients have been developing pressure ulcers or bedsores because of staff not having the time to properly assess patients’ skin and take the necessary precautions to prevent this from happening. As a result, a patient has to stay twice as long in the hospital to heal this pressure ulcer and then they maybe a risk to get an infection because of this open area, which compromises their health again. If you have had a family member or friend in this situation, then you know what I am talking about.
I as well as many other staff have been in situations where we have worked several days in a row, then have done a 16 hour shift because of sick calls and they were unable to replace staff and then come in again the next day for your regular shift. That commercial about staff going home and thinking about what happened to a patient that day is quite factual. Please think about this and support it. You never know when you or a family member could be in this situation. Thank you.