Ratios also reduces nursing fatigue, which increases job satisfaction and nurse retention rates saving on the cost of hiring and training new staff. Mandating staffing ratios is not the answer because the health care industry is already burdened with an overwhelming number of regulations. The aforementioned issues necessitates further research on how to implement a cost effective, safe, and quality method of maintaining nurse to patient ratios. This research paper will prove... ... middle of paper ... ...5-2702.2011.03956.x Hospital costs in context:A transparent view of the cost of care [Excutive summary]. (2010).
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
• Healthcare providers are having trouble recruiting and retaining their nursing staff which creates significant cost for hospitals. • Direct turnover costs are only the tip of the iceberg. In addition, the hidden cost of lost productivity for departing employees. • Staff turnover not only incurs large costs of hiring & training new employees, but also adversely affects the quality of patient care. • Inadequate staffing and heavy workloads for nurses impact patient safety.
Several studies have shown that there is a direct link between stress, depression and illness and often times nurses fall victim to this link because of poor work environments and a lack of appropriate sick leave to tend to their own needs. Research has shown that stress amidst nurses is directly related to depression and illness; therefore, hospitals need to take actions necessary to decrease stress and promote well-being among their nursing staff. Work-related or occupational stress is defined as “the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demands placed on them at work,” (Burke, 2013). Nurses are exposed to high levels of occupational stress as a result of heavy workloads, extended working hours and high levels of time pressure (Tsai & Liu, 2012). Demanding work environments place a great deal of pressure on nurses to get their tasks done without allowing them sufficient control and support to manage those demands.
NCBI discovered that there are several important consequences of high nursing workload. Research shows that a heavy workload on nurses adversely affects patient safety, and sets a negative effect on nursing satisfaction and, as a result, contributes to high turnover and the nursing shortage. In addition to the higher patient acuity, work system factors and expectations also contribute to the nurses’ workload. Nurses are expected to perform nonprofessional tasks such as delivering and retrieving food trays; housekeeping duties; transporting patients; and ordering, coordinating, or performing support services. 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.
Burnout is a type of psychological stress. Stress and burnout are common among nurses who are the largest group of health care professions. Nurses experience burnout at some point of the career based on the intensity of workload and the emotional bonds that form with patients. The strain of nursing leads to burnout that contributes to physical, mental, and emotional exhaust of a nurse There is a concern that high levels of nurse burnout could adversely affect patients outcome. Patient safety is a priority, thus understanding the cause of nursing burnout is significant.
As articles regarding the correlation between nursing burnout and patient safety suggest, “The majority of studies measuring burnout found that more errors were significantly associated with health practitioner burnout,” (Hall et al., 2016). The impact of the levels of burnout expressed by nurses within the critical care environment clearly affects nurses’ judgment, decision making and problem solving, which has been associated with increased and near errors in
The administrators must reduce the ratio of nurse to patient because the current nurses' workload can lead to nurses' burnout, patient dissatisfaction, and negative patient outcomes. Thousands of nurses throughout the nation are exhausted and overwhelmed due to their heavy workload. The administrators do not staff the units properly; therefore, they give each nurse more patients to care for to compensate for the lack of staff. There are several reasons to why
Are Nursing Shortages Linked to Patients Quality of Care? In most aspects of life the saying “less is always more” may ring true; however when it comes to providing quality care to patients, less only creates problems which can lead to a decrease in patient’s quality of life as well as nurse’s satisfaction with their jobs. The massive shortage of nurses throughout the United States has gotten attention from some of the most prestigious schools, news media and political leaders. Nurses are being burnt out from their jobs, they are being overworked and overlooked. New nurses are not being properly trained, and old nurses are on their way to retirement.
Numerous researches have associated burnout with the increasing rate of nurse turnover. This paper explores the causes of burnouts in nurses as well as what can be done to prevent the them. Unrealized Expectations First, nurses experience burnout because of their unrealized