The major concern for registered nurses regard’s the nurse’s health and well being. Safe staffing levels are continuing to become more of a problem. The U.S is expected to experience a shortage of nurses as the “Baby Boomers” age and the need for health care grows (Rossester, 2014). This shortage is causing some health organizations to work with minimal amounts of nurses. This is affecting the nurse’s ability to provide safe care due to fatigue and injury. This shortage is also resulting in a dramatic increase in the amount of mandatory overtime, which often means that nurses stray from face-to-face patient care and can produce an increase in the amount of medical errors (American Nurses Association,
OSHA standards are expansive but especially necessary for healthcare organizations considering the potential for significant harm from exposure to pathogens and equipment. While a safety officer may be the primary individual responsible for the organization’s compliance, safety can only be achieved through the combined efforts of individuals such as the facilities manager, risk management as well as all organizational staff. Moreover, each employee must put the training they receive into practice when handling patients, equipment and hazardous chemicals as well as alerting appropriate individuals when safety issues are
The nursing profession is constantly in a state of change becoming more complex over time. Registered nurses work to prevent disease, promote health and help patients cope. They develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct proper outpatient care, and help improve and maintain health within their community. They are educators of health governed by state laws. Registered nurses can work in many different settings which determine their daily job duties. Depending on their level of training a RN could work with geriatrics, in intensive care units, as an educator, as clinical study observers, a midwife, oncology, or palliative care. Hospital nurses make up the majority of the RN group. They work as staff nurses who carryout medical regimens and provide bedside care. Most registered nurses work in well-lighted comfortable facilities, work nights, weekends, and holidays, and spend a considerable amount of time on their feet. They have to be available at a moment’s notice. Nursing also has its hazards all employees of care facilities are at risk for infectious disease, radiation poisoning, back injuries, shocks from electrical equipment, and hazards posed by compressed gas. Nurses are the link between doctors and patients.
According to Forbes, the health care industry is the biggest service employer in the United States (Forbes). Registered nurses provide a wide range of patient care services. They are the primary care providers of patient care and are responsible for the safety, and recovery of acutely and chronically ill patients. They provide direct care and supervise other personnel who do so like CNAs and LPNs. Nurses serves as advocates for patients, families and communities and provide proper education. They maintain open communication with other health professionals in order to provide and organize the overall care of patients. Registered nurses must be responsible, protective, have excellent communication and assessment skills, and be able to follow
“The legislation has begun the long process of shifting the focus of the U.S. health care system away from acute and specialty care. The need for this shift in focus has become particularly urgent with respect to chronic conditions; primary care, including care coordination and transitional care; prevention and wellness” (IOM, 2011). As more care is provided through Primary Care, walk-in clinics, and community outreach programs, “Nurses are being called upon to coordinate care among a variety of clinicians and community agencies; to help patients manage chronic illnesses, thereby preventing acute care episodes and disease progression; and to use a variety of technological tools to improve the quality and effectiveness of care. A more educated nursing workforce would be better equipped to meet these demands” (IOM. 2011). The Institute of Medicine, suggest that, “Nurse should practice to the full extent of their education and training.” This couple with the current trend of healthcare moving away from the acute care setting is thought to, “enable the health care system to provide higher-quality care, reduce errors, and increase safety” (IOM, 2011). In order to meet the goals suggest by The Institute of Medicine, as a Physician, I would allow my nurses to work to the full extent of their education and training as well as promote and encourage continued education. I would also employee an APRN, to keep up with “the demand to build the primary workforce” (IOM, 2011). Education and titles aside, I would also promote a healthy work environment, foster my employee’s growth, and value them as human
Nursing is the single largest profession in health care employing more than 3.6 million registered nurses in the United States. Unlike other healthcare providers, the role of nurses is to care for families, individuals, and communities. It is up to nurses to come up with a valid plan of care for their patients in collaboration with doctors, therapists, and the patient's family. Because of their extraordinary responsibilities, the public has learned to view and compare nurses as care providers. Despite the fact that nurses form an essential workforce in hospitals and healthcare institutions, they still face many problems in the workplace. Policies and legislation are in place to address some of this issues and challenges in nursing. This paper
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed as an agency of the federal government that is charged with protecting workers from recognized safety hazards within the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created as a result of passage of the “Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 in response to dangerous working conditions across the nation and as a culmination of decades of reform” (Walter, 2011, para. 5). President Richard Nixon signed the act into law on December 29, 1970 and The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was officially established on April 28, 1971 (Walter, 2011). During the 41 years on the job, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified and addressed numerous work hazards, as well as provided solutions to mitigate and/or avoid placing workers in unnecessary danger. OSHA regulates as enforces regulations throughout the country, however the agency does declare that “states can run their own safety and health programs as long as those programs are at least as effective as the federal program” (http://www.dol.gov/compliance/laws/comp-osha.htm). The states that choose to implement their own version of the occupational safety and health plan are referred to as OSHA states, whereas those who implement no plan are required to follow the federal regulations, as set forth by OSHA. OSHA effects all workers and employers in the United States, as the desired effect of the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act is “to assure so far as possible every working man and woman in the Nation safe and healthful working conditions and to preserve our human resources” (Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act, 1970). OS...
This paper will show how the facility will continue to stay abreast of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards. The paper will also take a look at the activities and the frequency of training and audits that the hospital will conduct throughout the year. This paper will address the possibility of the fines the hospital has received and what causes the fines. The OSHA is an organization that provides a safe work environment for all staff members.
...op occupational illness prevention programs by having a written plan with specific procedures. This needs to be communicated to all employees and employees will know the hazards that exist to prevent injuries (Bernardin & Russell, 2013). The plan can involve management where they can be in charge of the program, and they can train employees on hoe to follow and report hazards to their immediate supervisor. Evaluate workplace conditions by conducting a survey on equipment, materials, machinery, and daily operations (Bernardin & Russell, 2013). Then evaluate current illness and injuries within the organization. Then develop and action plan and keep reviewing it to see if it is working. Communicate with employees and it is important that they know how the injury and illness plan works. It may be beneficial to designate someone to monitor the programs progress.
Foundations of Choosing a Nursing Profession The primary influences of why I chose nursing began as a young child, when the idea of an occupation in the “medical field” got thrown around quite often. When I was around the age of 6 or 7, I went to the doctor’s office very often because I used to get all kinds of random allergic reactions. During the time when technicians were doing research on me to find what exactly I was allergic to, I remember being fascinated with all the tools and equipment they would use on me. At the time, it was like I lived in the laboratory because of how frequently I went to get tested. The experience of being in a medical setting like that so often ridded all anxiety I held towards going to the doctor for another