Nursing research is used to study a dilemma or a problem in nursing. Examine a problem you have seen in nursing. Why should it be studied? Justify your rationale.
A current problem in nursing is not having enough nurses available to fill open positions needed to care for patients. The nursing shortage is a problem in North Dakota as there are not enough nurses to completely staff healthcare facilities, which then creates issues with covering open shifts with the available nursing staff as the nursing staff is already working longer hours and/or short staffed regularly, and can result in patient care not being as effective or efficient. The benefits of a research study on the nursing shortage could help find ways to possibly increase people’s interests in a nursing career, and/or ways to help retain nurses at facilities and provide better care for patients at the facilities.
A study done by University of Pennsylvania on healthcare staffing showed having decreased numbers of nurses had the potential to cause harm. It increased the risk for patients and increased cost to the facilities from the infection data gathered. The cost to the facilities for healthcare acquired infections was higher than the cost to hire more healthcare staff, which would reduce the healthcare acquired infections (Sapatkin, 2012).
The study done by University of Pennsylvania shows that having the appropriate amount of staff at healthcare facilities is beneficial to not only to the patient, but the facility also. To build upon this and complete other similar research could improve healthcare staffing in facilities in areas, such as North Dakota, where there are not enough nurses available to fill open positions.
Sapatkin, D. (2012). Penn study examines link between nurse burnout care
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