Time Study RN | SAFE STAFFING TRIGGER TOOL
The role of nurses in providing safe, quality care is globally understood by patients and caregivers alike. Despite this global understanding, the modern trend in healthcare administration is to squeeze as much cost as possible out of hospital operations, and the number one target is nurse staffing. Nursing associations have responded by proposing “The Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act” to ensure that the decision-makers are providing and implementing adequate and safe nurse staffing plans. The TSRN time study tool supports the objectives of safe staffing for nurses and provides needed process analysis to decision-makers.
This hospital was a top performer in the percentage of time nurses spent in value added care and our expectations were high. What we experienced as a patient in this environment of higher value added time was disappointing to say the least. When we needed a nurse, we couldn’t find one, they were all with patients. When the nurse did finally come it was always at the worst possible time. This experience has shaped and informed our view on the definition of “value added care”. We realized that patients ARE willing to pay to have a nurse available when they need one.