High nurse turnover is an ever-present problem that leaves the other staff members to fight, stress out and run the risk of also becoming that burnt out nurse or having compassion fatigue as well. Compassion fatigue and burnt out nurses puts nurses at high risk for poor judgments and incorrect assessments (Young, Jong 2016). Patient safety is an important indicator of hospitals’ organizational performance (Welp, Manser, 2016). So with both nurses and patients at the weakest point could cause an increase in health
Nurses play a big role in our hospitals and communities, “Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices. They make up the biggest health care occupation in the United States. Nursing job duties include communicating between patients and doctors, caring for patients, administering medicine and supervising nurses' aides”(study).
Another reason for nursing turnover is staffing. In staffing, nurses may feel that their personal standards are not met by other workers and feel unworthy. Hospitals may also have acceptable staffing levels but unsystematic units, which can make giving orders a pain. The last reasons that many nurses leave their jobs are due to personal reasons. A nurse’s job is very stressful and can cause nurses to become fatigue, and dislike their current jobs; nurses are prone to making mistakes and medical errors (ANA, 2014).
Nursing shortage and turnover are a complex issue that is affecting healthcare delivery. Nurses form the majority in healthcare and mostly direct caregivers, its deficit poses a dangerous effect on the care of the sick and the disabled. Curbing the nursing shortage and turnover is important for facilities to hire and train their leaders and managers. A good leader or manager should be creative, effective, committed, initiative, motivated, and can handle stress (Huber,
Also, stress can result from job related factors, such as task overload, conflicting tasks, inability to do the task assigned because of lack of preparation or experience, vague or inadequate information regarding the assignment an many more negative experiences as the mentioned above can make a difference in a nurse that is not experiencing burnout (Idress, 2015). Also, recalling that there are several specialties in nursing, which opens a door for different types of environment experiences that can cause different levels of stress in the lives of those that are in these types of places such as critical care units. For instance, some of the physical environment that may be stressful for nurses intensive care units, emergency departments, and mental health departments
Patients cause stress to, as it says, Negative patients may be mean to nurses and waste time, which will ruin the reputation of the hospital also if the nurse is not in the room quick enough when the patient needs them (“10 Ways Overworked Nurses Are Hurting Hospitals”). Nurses get stressed when a patient
There are numerous elements that contribute to stress in the healthcare setting. Nurses’ days are full of physical, mental and emotional demands. There are societal demands and workplace demands created by the shortage. These stressors can become increasingly overwhelming and if there is no stress relief, job performance can and will be hindered. When fatigue and stress combine there is potential for “performance decrements”.
Also, working with sick people leads to a high chance of getting sick, infected, and diseases (Dangerous work conditions). Nurses also work long hours, they can get tired and sore after a hard day’s work. Registered nurses have a lot of stress to deal with. Another con is that, some patients can be hard to corporate and work with. Registered nurses have a lot of stress to deal with.
Workplace violence in the nursing profession has been extensively reported and documented. It is associated with serious negative consequences both for the nurse and their patients. Such disruptive behaviors in the nursing profession severely impact the emotional and mental well-being of the nurses that in turn affects retaining qualified and experiences staff in a healthcare organization. Such type of violence is considered as a major occupational hazard and condemned by major nursing organizations including the CENTER for American Nurses and American Nurse Organization. In the nursing profession workplace violence includes several types of negative behavior such as lateral violence, bullying and aggression.
Research question Does chronic understaffing issues in emergency department(ED) increase nurses’ stress and affects overall health which make nurses lead to quit profession earlier? What steps can be taken to reduce understaffing issue EDs? The shortage of nursing staff is a national and international issue. Moreover, Oulton (2006) clearly explains that today’s global nursing shortage is having an adverse impact on health systems around the world. However, the shortage of nurses in EDs has become a critical challenge now a day due to stress, lack of staff motivation and retention within the profession especially in EDs (Asiret, Kapucu, Kose, Kurt, & Ersoy, 2017).