This is important because this evidence proves that high nursing workload can affect the patients and nurses are doing things that they shouldn't be doing. NCBI stated that, “Previous research linked job-level workload (a working condition) to various nursing outcomes, such as stress, and job dissatisfaction”. Being overworked, nurses are stressed and are dissatisfied with their job. This is important because nurses are already doing extra work and can cause them to be even more stressed. Working a stressful job can make a nurse dissatisfied, and leave their jobs which can lead into a nurse shortage.
We need to realize the roles nurses have, and how important they are to us when it comes to our health. Nurses are being overworked, patients’ are not getting the good quality care they need, and some ways to stay away from a nurse shortage are that nurses should be paid more and have better or more benefits. Without our nurses, we would have many problems to deal with, such as our health and patient care in hospitals. Nurses give patients’ medicine they would need and would have to check up on each patient they have. With a nursing shortage, it would be a more stressful and difficult working environment for nurses because they would have more patients’ and less time on their hands to make sure that each of their patients’ are taken care of.
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
Staffing issues amongst the nursing profession has been a major concern. Safety of both nurse and patient is important. There is a strong correlation between having an adequate nursing staff and patient safety outcomes. The rise in the acuity of patients and shorter hospital stays has been linked to errors, nurse burnout, and patients sometimes feeling neglected. Patient satisfaction has become the major focus point since the change of our health care system today.
Nurse staffing ratios are an important aspect of this problem because it determines the outcome of every patient's health from an overnight stay in a hospital. In a study performed by Alexandra Robbins she analyzes in her article “Nurse Staffing and Patient Safety” that low levels of nurse staffing put patient’s life at risk. In addition to this study, Robbins discusses about the extra work nurses are receiving and how it can become dangerous considering it is a “toxic formula” for patients’ health, meaning bad outcomes are bound to occur. In the situation where more patients are assigned to a nurse there is a higher chance of the patients experiencing something wrong with medical procedures during their stay in hospital. In the article “Inadequate Staffing Harms Quality and the Bottom Line” written by Jim Gogek, he mentions a study performed by Linda Aiken, and in her study, she states that, “For every additional patient a nurse cared for patients are at a 7% greater risk of dying within 30 days of admission.” The facts provided by Linda Aiken’s study in Gogek’s article clearly shows the importance of nurse staffing ratios because the last thing hospitals want is for their patients to pass away under their
Overview Nurses know that there is a correlation between maintaining adequate staffing levels and safe patient outcomes. Nurse to patient ratios is a very complicated issue in the health care industry. Nursing shortages, higher patient acuities, shorter hospital stays, and the cost of health care has presented a challenge to this staffing issue. An inadequate staff ratio puts patients at an increased risk of adverse outcomes such as medical or medication errors, increased hospital acquired infections, and increased mortality rates ("Nurse," n.d.). The complications and adverse outcomes associated with the inadequate staffing levels come at a cost, which is an even larger financial burden on the health care industry related to the cost of treating infections or law suits from wrongful death situations.
Patient’s safety will be compromised because increase of patient to nurse ratio will lead to mistakes in delivering quality care. In 2007, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) conducted a metanalysis and found that “shortage of registered nurses, in combination with increased workload, poses a potential threat to the quality of care… increases in registered nurse staffing was associated with a reduction in hospital-related mortality and failure to rescue as well as reduced length of stay.” Intense workload, stress, and dissatisfaction in one’s profession can lead to health problems. Researchers found that maintaining and improving a healthy work environment will facilitate safety, quality healthcare and promote a desirable professional avenue. One of the problems that faces most health care facilities are being able to recruit and retain their nurses. Nursing shortage and turnover are a complex issue that is affecting healthcare delivery.
Unfortunately, not having enough staff is a safety concern for both the patients and the nurses. Therefore, addressing this topic should be a priority for nurse managers and leaders. According to Vantage Point (2009) a patient has a greater chance of dying while in the hospital when nurses have to care for more patients than recommended. A heavier workload will not result in
It’s a serious issue that cannot only affect how well nurses are able to perform at their jobs, but can also impact their long-term mental health. The constant trauma nurses witness can lead to a debilitating weariness (Compassion Fatigue, 2015). “8-percent of nurses caring for end-of-life patients is at risk for compassion fatigue because of their constant exposure to trauma, anxiety and feelings of empathy” (Compassion Fatigue, 2015). Instead of allowing themselves to express these emotions nurses commonly keep to themselves and focus their attention on providing patient care. However, by suppressing these feelings, these emotions can cause nurses to eventually experience emotional/mental and physical symptoms, lose empathy for patients and affect their overall work ethic (Compassion Fatigue,
Tempting as this may seem, this method presents a massive dilemma to providing safe quality care. Less staff coupled with large patient workloads will lead to adverse patient outcomes. Evidence shows that it is more cost effective to maintain safe staffing levels and prevent adverse patient outcomes versus the estimated savings of labor reduction. Maintaining safe nurse to patient ratios reduces patient infection rates and patient mortality rates. Ratios also reduces nursing fatigue, which increases job satisfaction and nurse retention rates saving on the cost of hiring and training new staff.