Review the Resources and identify a clinical issue of interest that can form the basis of a clinical inquiry.
Based on the clinical issue of interest and using keywords related to the clinical issue of interest, search at least four different databases in the Walden Library to identify at least four relevant peer-reviewed articles related to your clinical issue of interest.
Review the results of your peer-reviewed research and reflect on the process of using an unfiltered database to search for peer-reviewed research.
Reflect on the types of research methodologies contained in the four relevant peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Part 1: An Introduction to Clinical Inquiry
Create a 4- to 5-slide PowerPoint presentation(600words) in which you do the following:
Identify and briefly describe your chosen clinical issue of interest.
Describe how you used keywords to search on your chosen clinical issue of interest.
Identify the four research databases that you used to conduct your search for the peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Provide APA citations of the four peer-reviewed articles you selected.
Sample Powerpoint Presentation
Nurse Patient Ration
The nurse-patient ratio has emerged as a controversial debate in the healthcare sector. The government has reduced the healthcare expenditure in a number of years thus reducing the nurse-patient ratio. The number of patients assigned to each nurse can determine the quality of healthcare quality provided to them. In an ideal situation, the number of patients allocated to each nurse depends on the severity of the condition. The condition can be severe such as a person who is in the Intensive Care Unit. The person will require constant monitoring, which is essential for health. In such a case a ratio of 1:1 or 1:2 is recommended. In the normal wards or patients who are not critically ill, a nurse can be allocated with a ratio of 1:5 or 1:8. Therefore, healthcare centers should ensure they comply with the right ratios.
The nurse-patient ratio is crucial since it is used to enhance the quality of healthcare. When the nurses are not tired, he or she will provide excellent services to the patients. This is compared to when patients are handled by a nurse who is tired and exhausted by the work and is looking forward to going home. In case the nurse-patient ratio is not aligned to the professional metrics, it will lead to medical errors and complications. The reason is that nurses will be tired and unable to make the right decisions. The nurses will also be exhausted and thus unable to concentrate. In most cases, when medical errors occur, the health of the patients deteriorate while others end up dying. Therefore, the appropriate nurse-patient ratio is crucial to be followed.
The search for the journals or peer-reviewed articles was accomplished by using the main search keywords. The strategy also included a search for the various journals that had the keyword “nurse-patient ratio” in the title. Additionally, I searched for articles that were peer-reviewed. I was specific on the articles since I had to access the full text in PDF document. The results of the search were hundreds of articles that were carried out in different places. I selected at least one peer-reviewed paper from each of the research databases. Therefore, the research was successful and I was able to select the best papers on the main keywords “nurse-patient ratio”.
EBSCOhost Information Services is a database for academic libraries, school libraries, and medical libraries. It comprises of a variety of medical journals and peer-reviewed papers. It provides high-quality papers from licensed and reputable publishing organizations. Therefore, the database is credible and reliable. Nursing Reference Center Plus provides evidence-based information on various nursing issues. It provides original research to nurses to support their educational goals. The database contains papers on education, nursing practice as well as nursing skills, and drug information. Excerpta Medica Database is a global healthcare agency that deals with various nursing issues. It provides a variety of papers that are credible in the nursing field. Cochrane Library was founded by Cochrane and other health organizations. The focus is to provide high-quality papers on the nursing field and other medical issues.
Driscoll, A., Grant, M. J., Carroll, D., Dalton, S., Deaton, C., Jones, I., … & Astin, F. (2018). The effect of nurse-to-patient ratios on nurse-sensitive patient outcomes in acute specialist units: a systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 17(1), 6-22.
MacPhee, M., Dahinten, V., & Havaei, F. (2017). The impact of heavy perceived nurse workloads on patient and nurse outcomes. Administrative Sciences, 7(1), 7.
Livanos, N. (2018). A broadening coalition: Patient safety enters the Nurse-to-Patient ratio debate. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 9(1), 68-70.
Rahman, H. A., & Shamsudin, A. S. (2015). The impact of patient to nurse ratio on quality of care and patient safety in the medical and surgical wards in Malaysian private hospitals: A cross-sectional study. Asian Social Science, 11(9), 326.