Many nurses face the issue of understaffing and having too much of a workload during one shift. When a unit is understaffed not only do the nurses get burnt out, but the patients also don’t receive the care they deserve. The nurse-patient ratio is an aspect that gets overlooked in many facilities that could lead to possible devastating errors. Nurse- patient ratio issues have been a widely studied topic and recently new changes have been made to improve the problem. Identifying and maintaining the appropriate number of mixed nursing staff, RN/LPN/CNA, is critical to the delivery of quality patient care.
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The cognitive concept focuses on the cognitive risks of compassion fatigue and can be characterized by difficulty focusing on tasks, decreased work performance, lowered self-esteem, minimization of situations, and apathy (Portnay, 2011). Job enthusiasm also decreases, which can lead to a decrease in productivity and quality of work. The nurse may experience boredom, feel that they are not accomplishing anything, and feel a sense of helplessness in which they feel that they cannot change their situation. Such feelings can lead to absenteeism and lateness to work because work is seen more as a burden or chore (Espeland, 2006). The emotional concept focuses on the emotional welfare of a nurse or caregiver.
However, there is a nursing shortage globally that is expected to increase as nurses from the baby boom era are set to retire. This is where human resource management and organizational culture come into play. There have been prior studies that have linked organizational culture to the decrease in nurse turnover rate and the increase of nurse retention. It is important that there is an adequate nursing workforce supply in order to achieve quality patient care. Nurse managers play a pivotal role in the organizational culture with in their unit of division.
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Because medication errors are increasing not only patients are being affected but nurses as well. Nurses are prone to make more mistakes regarding how many patients they are taking care of. Once nurses make a medication error, documentation about the incident proceeds. Nurses are even at risk of losing their license especially for repeat occurrences. The understaffing of nurses leaves the nurse with very limited time to finish other tasks, which puts the nurse behind in other tasks they have to accomplish.
Nurses try to help their patients protect their health and cope with changes in their mental and physical abilities, so older people can stay independent and active as long as possible. Many older people have health conditions that do not require hospitalization, but must be treated with medication, changes in diet, use of special equipment, daily exercises or other adaptations. The nurses often function as a case manager, linking families with community resources to help them care for elderly members. (ExploreHealthCareers.org, 2013.) Geriatric nursing is a fast-growing career, because Americans are living longer.
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