Cost of Nursing Care can be calculated by (PCS) Patient Classification System based on the acuity of client’s condition multiplied by the number of patients which will equate to the number of hours served in nursing care.To practically calculate the cost of nursing care, I referred to an orthopedic unit, which had 12 patients who were at different situations and had different acuity levels. PCS would be calculated on the following: • 4 patients were in a condition to be discharged and had acuity level 1: 4 X 1= 4.• 4 patients were under therapy and had acuity level 4: 4 X 4= 16.• 4 patients were under regular had acuity level 2: 4 X 2= 8.This total of 28 hours would be expanded by adding further 48 hours of an 8-hour shift for 8 patients who did not discharge in 8 hours which makes a total of 76 hours. This grand total of 76 hours can be used to determine Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) for a unit.However, this formula does not give an accurate value because it does not have space for variances made according to situations. For instance, if a patient was acquiring 2 hours and later demands 3 hours due to some uncertainty in patient’s condition. The cost is still being evaluated for 2 hours and thus giving 3 hours till the patient get stable. Nursing Leadership.
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