Chapter 17 Assignment

Instructions:

1. Review Learning Exercise 17.4 – Calculating Staffing Needs (located in Chapter 17 of the textbook)

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2. Calculate the staffing needs for the day shift and answer the following questions:

a. You have on duty one RN and one LPN working 8 hour shifts and a ward clerk for 4 hours. Are you understaffed or overstaffed?

b. If you had the same number of patients but the acuity levels were the following, would your staffing needs be the same?

• Two patients in category I acuity level

• Three patients in category II acuity level

• Two patients in category III acuity level

• Zero patients in category IV acuity level

3. Your paper should be:

o Typed according to APA style for margins, formatting and spacing standards.

o Typed into a Microsoft Word document, save the file, and then upload the file