What are Nursing Hours Per Patient Day?

Nursing Hours Per Patient Day is simply a ratio of how many hours of nursing care are given to each patient.  It’s a simple formula, way easier than calculating an insulin infusion! But few nurses are familiar with it.  Who Cares About Nursing Hours Per Patient Day?

The obvious, perhaps a little cynical answer, is the hospital’s accountant and none of the nurses Nurses busy delivering patient care: which is their core business.  But there is power within those numbers for nurses to squirrel out hours to use for your department.

For hospital execs, it’s their main key performance indicator.  For them, when the nursing team leaders get this wrong on the weekend – it’s frankly a night.  The managers walk in on Monday morning to a desecrated nursing hours per patient day target and they’re behind the 8-ball before they even order their first coffee.

But what if Clinical Nurses knew the tricks of the trade and could manipulate work hours?  The hospital exec’s KPI gets nailed and nurses get to deploy nursing hours where they really want it: quality patient care. Isn’t that a win-win?

Share this YouTube video with your Clinical Nurse team and watch your work hours fall…

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