Most people do not notice or appreciate the heavy workload that nurses must endure when taking care of patients; this is especially true for pediatric oncology nurses. If a nurse is not working with a mind clear of distractions, his or her attitude might change towards the provision of patient care. Nurses caring for dying children also have many unmet needs that have an impact on the care they provide (CITE). A few of such unmet needs that have an impact on a nurse’s quality of care include: a lack of communication, physical and emotional pain, and hospital staff retention. When caring for a dying child, nurses face unique obstacles that must be overcome.
Everyone gets angry when they are tired or stressed. Nurses experience this a lot because the hospitals are understaffed. Nurses need to have this skill because they can annoy their patients. If patients are not treated by the best nurses there could be a problem. Tersigni speaks for nurses, “I was always stressed when I worked, afraid to get sued for making a mistake or medical error,” says Tersigni, who was working in the heart transplant unit of a North Carolina hospital.
The focus of every health care professional is the patient and the goal is to return the patient to optimum health where the patient can be independent. When the patient’s safety is being compromised it’s everyone’s job to fix the problem and make sure that it doesn’t happen again. However, there’s a dark side to nursing. The nurse is one of the few health care workers that have the most daily contact with the patient. The nurse plays a very important role in the patients care from teaching to simply being a listener while withholding any judgement.
One of the traits that all nurses, I believe, must have is to be able to work as a team. This trait regrettably can offset due to verbal abuse and other intimidating behaviors that can cause health professionals to refuse to share information needed to provide the best patient care. Communication between colleagues is needed because if does not exist this will again affect the patients care and their own safety.
Over the years of nursing it has become more involved, more intense, increased responsibilities and attention to tedious details. With all this, the nursing profession is suffering. In burnt out nurses and compassion fatigue, the strategies to help compared to ignoring the situation affects staff and patients health. The hospital setting is where a possibility of burnt out nurses and compassion fatigue are mainly is found but can help in any setting that have nurses and patients. Both issues contribute to the other and many factors worsen the impact.
Having to go through something like that is always painful for both the health care workers and the patients. Some disadvantages for being an obstetric nurse is having to see the patients in pain or the baby ill and close to death is always hard for everyone. Other disadvantages would be having to deal with patients who won’t cope with you and will not listen to you. Advantages for obstetric nurses are seeing the mothers happy and being able to help a newborn baby enter the world for the very first time. It is always a cheerful and happy moment.
A nurse working in a hostile environment can feel stress and overwhelmed, which can lead to an altered emotional state. Blevins (2015) reports in Impact of Incivility in Nursing that nurses working in this type of environment can “experience stress-related disorders and physical illness” which can decrease work attendance. A nurse or healthcare provider providing patient care in this emotional state can turn their negative feelings into uncivil behavior toward the patient or miss something critical to patient care, leading to patient harm or death. For example, if a nurse is upset about being disrespected from a fellow healthcare worker the nurse might turn her emotions on the patent by not asking the right assessment questions, or writing off a critical detail the patient is reporting. Incivility can also reach the patient level when a nurse is afraid to ask questions regarding patient care to the charge nurse as a result of recent bullying.
Meanwhile, the nurse can be tossed around as everyone pleases. With the creation of nursing unions, they can set boundaries, provide the support nurses need, give the nurses vacations when they become overwhelmed, and help the nurse manage their stress. Nurses are usually afraid to say the word no when they hit their breaking point because they feel that they might lose their job or they feel like they’re letting down their responsibilities as the patient’s advocate. With the creation of nursing unions, they will set boundaries for the nurse and basically be a safeguard for the nurse. The nurse union will supervise the nurse’s schedule to make sure the health care facility isn’t putting too much on one nurse.
Nursing Shortage is a problem we all should be aware of. There are many factors that may lead to a nursing shortage, such as having stressful and unsafe working environments, and our nurses are being overworked. This is a problem we should be aware of because it is affecting the patient care. Nurses would not have enough time to stay with a patient if they have more patients to worry about. Nurses play a big role in our hospitals and communities, “Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices.
There are three main reasons why nurses leave their profession in the hospital. The first reason is the relationships between other co-workers and physicians. Relationships may turn into a problem of miscommunication, which can cause major problems when communicating to one another and for the patient’s sake. Dr. Kerfoot states that relationship complications may lead to nurses fighting among themselves and not supporting one another, (Becker’s Hospital Review). Another reason for nursing turnover is staffing.