Higher empathy might protect against burnout but how do you teach this (Turgoose, Glover, Barker, Maddox, 2017)? The reason of the nursing shortages also include: aging of nurses, patient demographics, not enough staffing, inexperience, changes in nursing schools, an aging baby-boomer population and salary standards all play a part of whole picture which play a huge part on burnt out nurses and compassion fatigue (Cox, Willis, Coustasse, 2014). The Significance of the problem, unfortunately, is if it gets to the point of nurses wanting to leave the profession for good ,the importance of evidence based changes need to be addressed. Hesitation will only hinder the nursing field and delay healing or increase patient safety risks with patients. 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.
The prolonged shortage of skilled nursing personnel has been a serious concern to the healthcare industry, and this shortage has impacted the quality of care delivery. In addition, nursing turnover has also exacerbated the problem of nursing shortage. Nursing shortage has been blamed on many nurses retiring and less younger nurses joining the occupation. There is also an increase in life expectancy (baby boomers) leading an increase in both physical and mental ailment with subsequent demand in nursing care. Nurses are also leaving nursing profession because of inadequate staffing, tense work environment, negative press about the profession, and inflexible work schedules.
Effects of High Nursing Workload The literature supports that high nursing workload adversely affects the quality of patient care, nurses’ satisfaction with job, and the healthcare institutions’ attempt to provide cost effective nursing care. Implication for patients. Several consequences of high nursing workload have been proven to hinder the quality of patient care. Carayon and Gurses’s research (2008) indicates that heavy workload can contribute to errors, shortcuts, guideline violations, and poor communication with physicians and other providers, thus compromising the quality and safety of patient care. In addition, the research not only implies that patients may not receive proper care, but also they can experience less satisfaction with
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 nursing turnover can deeply affect the future care of a patient and the concord in the healthcare system. Healthcare facilities take awareness of the situation among nurses and chose to carry out the situation in specific ways. Contributing Factors to Nursing Shortage Nursing shortage is a crisis in hospitals nationwide. The main contributing factors on the current shortage are the steep population growth resulting in a growing need for health care services, a diminishing pipeline of new nursing students, and an aging nursing workforce (Honor Society of Nursing, 2013).
Therefore, finding a balance between lowering stress levels of staff and increasing the quality of patient care is of the utmost importance. Nursing surveillance, a principal assignment of acute care nurses, is critical to patient wellbeing and outcomes. The staff that is responsible for the treatment and care of patients have a duty that is demanding, challenging, vigorous and vital to the wellness of the patient. There is a large problem involving nurse staffing and the rise in adverse clinical results have been recognized when hospital nurse staffing is insufficient. Most hospitals limit nurse staffing to levels for usual rather than peak patient census, substantial census surges create serious probable stresses for both patients and nurses.
Implications of what quality can stand for include the company reputation, product liability, and global implications (Nguyen, 2015). In the case of understaffing, product or service liability is the culprit when discussing a quality implication. It is imperative for an operations manager to deliver healthy, safe, and quality service and products to their customer (Nguyen, 2015). Nurses are being pulled away from their duties to fulfill the demands of another position that is lacking in the support system of patient care (Kalisch, 2006). While fulfilling other jobs rather than their own, nurses are losing valuable time with their patients resulting in ineffective nursing practices, charting, and a lack of team work as there is barely time to finish their duties (Kalisch, 2006).
In addition, patients can also get infected nosocomial if treated do not follow procedures. This situation is explained by Pasacale Caryon (2005) and Giddens J. F (2013) says heavy nursing workloads adversely affect patient safety. Lack of teamwork nurses leaving the profession negative effect on the quality of patient care, safety issue and unresolved conflict. Analysis. Based on the events, I can say that all this happens because there are no planning before starting the job, other than that I also do not know how to manage time according to the circumstances and needs of patients.
Medication errors can result in a nurse losing her job or possibly her career. Therefor it is important for nurses to be able to identify the major factors that contribute to medication errors, and weak links in healthcare organizations communication structures. Research has developed conceptual models that healthcare facilities can use to determine the reason a medication error occurred. Healthcare facilities and the nurses they employ can both benefit from this research, by using it to help develop their medication safety guidelines. By implementing a medication administering system that effectively integrates technology, communication, and patient-centered care, healthcare facility can drastically reduce the number of medication errors that occur each year.
Nursing Shortage is a problem we all should be aware of. There are many factors that may lead to a nursing shortage, such as having stressful and unsafe working environments, and our nurses are being overworked. This is a problem we should be aware of because it is affecting the patient care. Nurses would not have enough time to stay with a patient if they have more patients to worry about. Nurses play a big role in our hospitals and communities, “Nurses play significant roles in hospitals, clinics and private practices.
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. It is unsafe and patients’ would not have received the full care they needed. A short staff of nurses would be disastrous, and would put many lives at risk. It is up to us to be aware of this problem as early as possible so that we can be prepared for the consequences when we are running low on our nursing staff. Works Cited Stanton, Mark W. “Hospital Nurse Staffing and Quality of Care | AHRQ Archive.” Archive: Agency for Healthcare Research Quality, Mar.