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Evidence Based Practice Problem

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Evidence Based Practice Problem
Short staffing or inadequate staffing is a common problem in hospital settings, and the
acute care unit is most affected because it requires specialized nurses. For Registered Nurses,
staffing is an issue of both personal and professional concern. Inadequate staffing threatens
patient health and safety and may lead to medical errors due to fatigue, nurse pressure, injury,
and personal care provision. As a result of understaffing, there are at least five medical errors in
every shift from medication delivery to prescription and administration. According to Berdot et
al. (2016), these inappropriate practices, unsafe care, medication mistakes, and adverse events
result in disability of patients, injury, and death; therefore, there is a need to solve understaffing.
Evidence-based practice question
The supply of nurses does not meet demand, the patient to nurse ratio is low, thus leading
to practice problems that affect the quality of care. Medical errors in acute care practice settings
range from misuse of patient data and could result in death. As per the PICOT question, the
population focuses on all patients in the acute care unit needing nursing services. The plan is to
implement strategies that will resolve nurse staff shortage, such as funding nursing programs to
promote qualified nurses. The aim is to decrease the mortality rate resulting from errors in nurse
shortage within one year.
P= All patients in the acute care unit who require nursing services
I= Implement strategies such as fund nurse training programs that will resolve the nursing
shortage in the healthcare industry
C= No intervention

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O= The clinical outcomes would decrease the mortality rate resulting from medical errors due to
nurses shortage.
T= The timeframe would be one year of trial.
In patients in the acute care unit in the local hospital (P), what is the effect of implementing
strategies like the nurse funding program to resolve nursing shortage (I) on mortality rates
resulting from medical errors (O) compared with no intervention (C) within one year (T)?
Research articles on the question
Quantitative and qualitative research is employed to address the issue of medical errors in
hospitals. An excellent example of qualitative is a Saudi Arabia study to minimize medical errors
in an oncology department (Alharbi et al., 2019). The study utilized seven focus groups with
participants from the oncology department to collect data. The study involved medical doctors,
nurses, and pharmacists as participants to provide information. The study revealed that
improving personnel education, organizational communication, and support can solve the
problem. The study seeks to eliminate medication errors during healthcare delivery. Personnel
education supports the proposed intervention to promote nursing education.
On the other hand, Berdot et al. (2016) carried out a quantitative analysis to reduce
medical errors through nurse education and implementing barcode systems. Berdot et al.
evaluated studies with strategies to reduce medical errors, with the majority focusing on training.
Previous studies or literature reviews make the study believable, although more evaluation
studies are required. The proposed strategy is to provide nurse training to increase the number of
specialized nurses in acute care centers to increase the possibility of errors that would result in
high mortality rates.

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Evidence Based Practice Problem Short staffing or inadequate staffing is a common problem in hospital settings, and the acute care unit is most affected because it requires specialized nurses. For Registered Nurses, staffing is an issue of both personal and professional concern. Inadequate staffing threatens patient health and safety and may lead to medical errors due to fatigue, nurse pressure, injury, and personal care provision. As a result of understaffing, there are at least five medical errors in every shift from medication delivery to prescription and administration. According to Berdot et al. (2016), these inappropriate practices, unsafe care, medication mistakes, and adverse events result in disability of patients, injury, and death; therefore, there is a need to solve understaffing. Evidence-based practice question The supply of nurses does not meet demand, the patient to nurse ratio is low, thus leading to practice problems that affect the quality of care. Medical errors in acute care practice settings range from misuse of patient data and could result in death. As per the PICOT question, the population focuses on all patients in the acute care unit needing nursing services. The plan is to implement strategies that will resolve nurse staff shortage, such as funding nursing programs to promote qualified nurses. The aim is to decrease the mortality rate resulting from errors in nurse shortage within one year. P= All patients in the acute care unit who require nursing ...
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